It’s no secret that entering a password to anything is awful. Trying to remember it is half the battle, while the rest of it is dreading how much time it might take to actually type it in. And if it’s an especially long password, there’s a good chance you’ll mistype a character or two, not remember where you went wrong, and have to start all over again.
Microsoft wants to change this. Today, the company announced next year, a Windows 10 upgrade will arrive that will give users the option to completely ditch passwords for logging into their PCs. Right now, you can use Windows Hello (a.k.a. fingerprint or facial recognition), a PIN, a physical security key, your phone, or a password to log in. Starting next year, Microsoft will let you remove passwords completely from the equation, giving you more opportunity to pick a log-in method that’s easier to enter and quicker to unlock.
Companies have been discouraging the use of passwords for years. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, LG, Huawei, and OnePlus are just some of the various companies that have switched to PINs, fingerprint sensors, facial recognition systems, and iris scanning solutions over the years on a multitude of different devices. There’s a good chance you probably don’t even use a password day to day, what with helpful sign-on options like “Continue with Facebook” and “Sign-In with Google” seemingly spread everywhere across the internet. Your accounts might be based on passwords, but you certainly don’t type them in every day.
Personally, I will be disabling passwords in Windows 10 as soon as I can. Unfortunately, we’re not sure when this update will roll out other than sometime in the first half of 2020, but we’ll let you know when it happens.