Do you hate passwords, or remembering them? Microsoft does too. In fact, it looks like the Redmond giant hates passwords so much, it has put a new toggle in Windows 10 Insider Preview settings that lets you completely disable password for signing in to user accounts.
The update is currently only available to Fast ring Insiders, and even then to only a subset of those users, but according to the official Windows Blog’s post about the latest update (18396), users who are currently unable to see the new setting should check back in a around a week.
On systems where this setting is available, users can head over to Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in options, and turn on the toggle next to ‘Make your device passwordless‘. This will turn off password sign-ins for every Microsoft accounts on the system to sign-in only via Windows Hello authentication including facial recognition, fingerprints, and PIN — all of which are more secure than a password. Also, yeah, a Windows Hello PIN is actually more secure than a password. Microsoft even has a complete document explaining how that is.
Anyway, the latest Windows 10 Fast ring update brings other upgrades as well — the Your Phone app’s Phone Screen feature is now available on more Surface devices, including the Surface Pro 6, and the Surface Laptop 2.
There’s also a new way to add an event or reminder by simply going to the calendar flyout from the taskbar — you’ll now see a new text box where you can type in your events and reminders on the fly.
Over all this looks like an interesting Windows 10 update, but while you may be tempted to get on the Fast ring and install it right away, we’d recommend waiting it out until it arrives to the stable channel; that way you’ll get the goodness without the bugs.