Windows face authentication feature could expand to Android, iOS

October 4, 2016 - 

Microsoft has hinted that its face authentication feature Windows Hello might work on Android phones and iPhones, in addition to its own devices, according to a report by Slash Gear.

At last week’s Ignite 2016 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft showed some slides and made some statements alluding to the possibility of the face recognition login feature expanding to other devices. However, it is uncertain when and to what extent this will occur.

Windows Hello, which recently added fingerprint sensor support, is currently limited to Windows 10 devices.

Expanding the feature to other mobile operating systems could help it gain access beyond computers to places where key fobs or badges are used, as well as other devices such as wearables and USB sticks.

The expansion could make Windows Hello the de-facto method to gain access to restricted files, computers and areas.

Given Microsoft’s history in trying to bring its technologies to other, competing platforms, the possibility of expanding Windows Hello is certainly a possibility.

Earlier this year, Microsoft revealed that its “Windows Hello” biometric authentication solution for Windows 10 will work with websites.

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