Using a FIDO2 device now allows you to log into your Microsoft without a password


Microsoft is utilizing a technology called FIDO2 to allow users of Outlook, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Mixer, the Microsoft Store, Bing, MSN, and Xbox Live on the PC to log in without needing a password.

New versions of Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Edge browser support the technology.

To implement password-less sign-in, you’ll need to begin by plugging the hardware authentication key into your device’s USB port, or using Bluetooth or NFC wireless communications on your cell phone.

There are three available log-in options to choose from when using the FIDO2 hardware. You can use the hardware key combined with Windows Hello facial recognition technology or fingerprint ID; the hardware key combined with a PIN code; or by having your phone running the Microsoft Authenticator app.

It’s not without its flaws though, as just yesterday customers in Europe and other Microsoft serviced regions using multifactor authentication struggled with log in errors after service problems from Microsoft.

Google, as well as a number of other companies, also use this technology or a similar technology for log-ins, so it will only be a matter of time before using this kind of technology for password-less log-ins becomes the norm.

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