New Microsoft patent would use biometrics to make your lock screen more useful

October 15, 2016 - 

According to a new report by MSPoweruser, a new patent application published by Microsoft researchers could make your lock screen more useful without compromising privacy and security.

Microsoft’s patent “Selectively providing personal information and access to functionality on lock screen based on biometric user authentication” would use biometric data to determine if it’s the user who has activated their device or a stranger.

The OS would display more or less sensitive information based on the confidence level of this identification.

The MSPoweruser report notes that “the feature would also make the lock screen a more useful desktop substitute, for sticky notes for example, as that actual Desktop surface is usually obscured by running applications and abandoned files and shortcuts and as Microsoft adds more new functionality like Cortana above the lock screen.”

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