Microsoft is further distancing users from passwords by implementing passwordless sign-in options for all Microsoft consumer accounts.
The tech giant, like many others in the industry, has waged a war against traditional password-based authentication for some time. This is because passwords are a prime target for cyberattacks, as weak or reused passwords can be guessed or tampered with through 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, for 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 still require a password, such as Office 2010 or earlier versions, Remote Desktop, and Xbox 360. Similarly, those who use versions of Windows that are now not supported will also not be able to get rid of their passwords for the time being. since the function will only be compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Microsoft says passwordless sign-in will roll out to consumer accounts for the next several weeks, so you may not be able to get rid of your password just yet. He added that he’s also working on a way to remove passwords for Azure AD accounts, with administrators set up to be able to choose whether passwords are required, allowed, or don’t exist for specific users.