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Microsoft Adopts Passkeys in Windows 11

Executive Summary:

On September 26, 2023, Microsoft officially announced the rollout of passkey support in Windows 11 as part of a significant update to the desktop operating system.

Passkeys provide several advantages, including the elimination of complex passwords and synchronization across devices using the same operating system.

About Passkeys:

Passkeys allow users to sign in to websites and apps without traditional username and password authentication.

Instead, passkeys rely on a device’s PIN or biometric data, offering a more secure and convenient sign-in experience.

The passkeys are based on FIDO standards and were designed to be strong and resistant to phishing attacks.

They were first announced in May 2022, and have gained adoption from Apple, Google, and other services.

They provide unique cryptographic credentials for each website or app and simplify the sign-in process by syncing across devices within the same operating system or ecosystem.

Benefits of Passkeys:

Passkeys represent a significant step toward a more secure and user-friendly authentication method, making it easier for users to access their favorite websites and applications without the need for traditional passwords.

Key benefits:

  • Enhanced Security: Passkeys create unique cryptographic credentials that are securely stored on the user’s device, making them difficult to guess or compromise.
  • Simplified Sign-In: Users can sign in using Windows Hello, which supports PINs, facial recognition, or fingerprints, providing a faster and more convenient authentication process.
  • Cross-Platform Compatibility: Passkeys are cross-platform and have been adopted by major tech companies, including Apple and Google.
  • Elimination of Complex Passwords: Passkeys eliminate the need for users to set up and remember complex passwords, reducing the hassle of managing multiple credentials.
  • Device Sync: Passkeys are synced across devices within the same operating system or ecosystem, streamlining the sign-in experience.
Microsoft Introduction of Passkeys

Here is Microsoft’s introduction of passkeys in Windows 11:

Are you tired of constantly forgetting your passwords and having to type them in every time you want to access your favorite websites and applications?

Say hello to passkeys!

Passkeys provide a more secure and convenient way to sign in. With passkeys, you can use Windows Hello to sign in with a PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint, making the authentication process faster and more convenient than ever before. And if you’re on the go, you can even use your phone or tablet to sign in by scanning a QR code or via Bluetooth!

Microsoft is also introducing Windows Hello for Business to enhance security on enterprise-managed Windows 11 devices, enabling IT teams to set policies for user identity management.

You can refer to the Microsoft Support Article about Passkeys for instructions on how to set up, use, and manage passkeys for Windows.

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