Microsoft has been relaying tons of information regarding Windows 8.1 at TechEd 2013 in New Orleans.  Among this is native fingerprint support for Windows 8.1.  A presentation by Microsoft’s Chris Hallum goes over fingerprint support in more detail. A build of Windows 8.1 is expected to be made public later this month at the BUILD conference in San Francisco.  Windows 8.1 is expected to be finalized for holiday season 2013. via WinBeta ...

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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 ...

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