Leaked Windows 8.1 Build Shows Fingerprint Login (Screenshot)

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Microsoft has supported fingerprint readers and other biometric devices since the mid-90s through various third party software and drivers to log into Windows. With Windows 8.1 Microsoft hopes to improve this support more natively and will add the ability to lockdown down individual folders via fingerprint.

For years Microsoft has been trying to make it easier to log into Windows in ways other than a password. The ‘picture password’ and ‘pin’ were added with Windows 8. With the Kinect coming to Windows within a year, facial recognition and retinal scans may soon be possible. In the mean time, Microsoft is working with OEMs to take biometrics more mainstream.

According to the The Verge, “Swiping or touching a finger on a reader will allow Windows 8.1 to authenticate a finger against a Microsoft Account. Users will also be able to purchase applications using a fingerprint reader or login to apps.”

Michael Niehaus, a senior product marketing manager at Microsoft, says the company is “working very closely” with two to three manufacturers to build the support in. Perhaps the most interesting change is the folder support for fingerprints. “We’re also working with this so that you can actually take folders and say this folder requires fingerprint access to get into, so different levels that we’re looking at,” explained Niehaus during a Tech-Ed session on Monday.

Microsoft is also working with various OEMs to encourage them to add fingerprint readers into laptops, tablets, keyboards, and mice. “You’ll begin to see these be more pervasively available just to make it that much easier to log in to Windows,” says Microsoft’s Stephen Rose.

So will you be locking down that secret folder of yours ;) (With important documents of course *cough cough*)

Source: The Verge

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  • http://twitter.com/halamadridkimi halamadrid

    i cant breath someone plz help me, it awesome

  • B_Sack

    Would love to see this make it to Windows Phone blue as well :)

  • Guest

    Niiice….

  • Willem Evenhuis

    Nice. A Little late though as the surface pro has no huilt in fingerprint reader. Unless a fingerprintreader is made as a usb stick size, it will be les useful for current users.

  • Mike366

    it would be cool if you don’t have to choose which account to login and just swiping finger can let OS know which account to use.

  • lol35325

    Great so all the Eastern European thugs have to do is to cut off your finger. Great work MS!!

    • Bugbog

      Nice sensationalist comment! /s