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Microsoft is bolstering Windows 11's compatibility with the new passkey standard, designed to replace traditional passwords with a more secure and user-friendly authentication method

Windows Hello Expands Support for Passkeys, Enabling Secure Website Authentication

Microsoft is bolstering Windows 11’s compatibility with the new passkey standard, designed to replace traditional passwords with a more secure and user-friendly authentication method. The recent release of Insider Preview Build 23486 introduces native integration of Windows Hello, enabling users to create and sign in to supported applications and websites using passkeys. To authenticate their identity, individuals will be prompted to provide a PIN, fingerprint, or undergo a facial scan.

To utilize this feature, Microsoft recommends visiting a website that supports passkeys, configuring a passkey in the website’s settings, and subsequently logging out to access the option of signing in with the new security method. In Edge or Chrome browsers, the sign-in option with a passkey can be found under “Windows Hello or external security key.” Users can manage their saved passkeys by navigating to Windows’ settings, specifically the Accounts section and then Passkeys.

While Microsoft’s Edge browser has long supported the underlying Web Authentication standard of passkeys, integrating it with Windows Hello simplifies credential management at the operating system level. Apple introduced passkey support to macOS, iOS, and iPadOS last year, and Google announced its plans to incorporate support for passkeys in Android and its Chrome browser in October.

Bleeping Computer conducted tests on the Windows Hello functionality and confirmed successful usage with Best Buy and Microsoft accounts. However, they observed that Google did not appear to offer the option of signing in with a passkey after its creation. Such intricacies exemplify the complexity of implementing passkeys, necessitating seamless coordination among devices, browsers, and web services to enable the use of this new sign-in method. As major industry players embrace the passkey standard, it is anticipated that these minor issues will be swiftly resolved.

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