Windows 10 version 2004, or even Windows 10 May 2020 Update, is just around the corner, and for many this is actually the highly-anticipated release that they originally expected in the fall of 2019.
And this is because the previous update, officially referred to as Windows 10 November 2019 Update, didn’t include other things that small improvements in some places, in mind wasn’t on additional features, but on refinements under the hood.
So Windows 10 version 2004 is the one bringing so many changes, including some aimed at the passwordless experience in the operating system.
As numerous Microsoft watchers know already, the Redmond-based software giant is among the biggest companies pushing for any world without passwords. And this is because Windows Hello, the company’s biometric authentication system, has reached its maturity, so right now, it may be enabled on a pretty big number of devices available.
Something that’s worth mentioning each time we discuss Windows Hello in Windows 10 is this fact biometric system requires dedicated hardware, such as a special camera. So without it hardware, using Windows Hello is impossible.
But when it’s activated, Windows Hello can power the passwordless world that Microsoft is insisting so hard for, and also the upcoming Windows 10 version 2004 is the company’s next thing in this direction.
Specifically, Windows 10 May 2020 Update will come with a brand new toggle that allows making the unit passwordless, and what it does is enable Windows Hello sign-in for absolutely all Microsoft accounts configured around the device.
This means passwords and PINs are no longer required to log into the device, as Windows Hello would be the preferred way of accessing the desktop.
Obviously, this feature would only appear if Windows Hello is available in the initial place, therefore if the necessary hardware isn’t detected, it won’t be provided in the Settings app.
“For improved security along with a more seamless sign-in experience, you can now enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, and selecting ‘On’ under ‘Make your device passwordless’. This will strengthen your device sign-in by switching all Microsoft accounts in your device to modern multifactor authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN, and eliminating passwords from Windows,” Microsoft explains.
Abandoning passwords is recognized as by many the proper way to go given the number of breaches happening lately, as systems like Windows Hello, which enable facial recognition and fingerprint scanning on devices, reduce the probability of someone getting access to user data.
Windows Hello has also evolved a lot to become faster and more reliable, so at this time it simply makes sense to enable it on supported devices. As long-time Microsoft users probably remember, Windows Hello was one of the first facial recognition systems offered on the mobile phone, as Microsoft equipped the Lumia 950 and 950 XL with this particular biometric feature to allow for easy unlocking.
Of course, everyone knows how Windows 10 Mobile eventually failed, but Windows Hello on a cell phone showed that Microsoft am in front of its time in the smartphone business.
Apple, for example, is now pushing hard for Face ID facial recognition on the iPhone after previously debuting it on the iPhone X. But on the other hand, Microsoft was one of the primary to choose this approach, which shows precisely how advanced Windows Hello is appropriate now.
At the end of the day, Windows 10 version 2004 is really a natural step going forward, and Windows Hello to be the recommended alternative to the standard password is something that simply makes sense.
Windows 10 version 2004 will officially launch this month.