Menu
Windows 10 embraces iris scans, facial recognition

Windows 10 embraces iris scans, facial recognition

Microsoft is embracing biometric login with a new feature of Windows 10 that recognizes faces, fingerprints and irises for authentication.

Microsoft is embracing biometric login with a new feature of Windows 10 that can recognize faces, fingerprints and irises for authentication it claims is more secure than passwords.

Windows Hello can be used to authenticate users but also applications, data and Websites without storing passwords on devices that support the feature.

+ More on Network World: 9 biggest information security threats for the next two years +

The company says facial and iris recognition require infrared cameras on Windows 10 devices in order to distinguish individuals even in varying lighting conditions.

Microsoft says it is working with hardware makers to deliver such devices that incorporate Intel's RealSense 3D Camera F200, which supports Windows Hello. Microsoft says Windows Hello supports existing fingerprint readers.

The technology is enterprise grade, according to Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group in Blogging Windows.

"It's a solution that government, defense, financial, health care and other related organizations will use to enhance their overall security," he writes.

Belfiore writes that Windows Hello will augment a separate Microsoft platform called Passport that can login users without transmitting passwords between devices.

That means there are no passwords stored on servers that can be stolen. For Passport to work, developers have to use the programming system in setting up Web sites and applications, he writes.

Read more: Anything but IE: Microsoft searches for new browser's name

Windows Hello authentication will unlock Passport so users won't have to remember a pin to gain access.

Windows 10 is expected to be available sometime later this year.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftsecuritybiometricsintelSense

Slideshows

Meet the leading HP partners in New Zealand...

Meet the leading HP partners in New Zealand...

HP has recognised its top performing partners in New Zealand at the second annual 2016 HP Partner Awards, held at a glittering bash in Auckland. The HP Partner Awards recognises and celebrates excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of its top partners. This year also saw the addition of several new categories, resulting in 11 companies winning across 11 award categories.

Meet the leading HP partners in New Zealand...
Channel comes together as Ingram Micro Showcase hits Auckland

Channel comes together as Ingram Micro Showcase hits Auckland

Ingram Micro outlined its core focuses for 2017 at Showcase in Auckland, bringing together the channel for a day of engaging keynotes, compelling breakout sessions and new technologies.

Channel comes together as Ingram Micro Showcase hits Auckland
Show Comments