Microsoft is moving users away from passwords further by rolling out passwordless sign-in options to all consumer Microsoft accounts.
The tech giant, like many others in the industry, has been waging a war on traditional password authentication for some time. This is because passwords are a prime target for cyber attacks, as weak or reused passwords can be guessed or forced by automated attacks.
To that end, and as it prepares to launch Windows 11 in just a few weeks, Microsoft is rolling out its passwordless sign-in option, previously available only to business customers, to all Microsoft accounts. This means that users will be able to sign in to services, such as Outlook and OneDrive, without having to use a password. Instead, users can use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, and SMS or email codes.
However, some Microsoft applications will continue to require a password, including Office 2010 or earlier, Remote Desktop, and Xbox 360. Likewise, those using unsupported versions of Windows will not yet be able to remove their words. password, because the feature will only be supported on Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Microsoft says passwordless sign-in will roll out to personal accounts over the next few weeks, so you may not be able to get rid of your password just yet. He added that he was also working on a way to eliminate passwords for Azure AD accounts, with administrators configured to be able to choose whether passwords are required, allowed, or don’t exist for specific users.