Microsoft is Testing An App to Unlock Windows 10 PCs over Bluetooth
In recent years, Microsoft has improved Windows sign-in process by adding some more ways to unlock the devices. Some of them are the Picture password that was introduced with Windows 8 and Windows Hello that is relatively new and was introduced in Windows 10.
In above those, the former needs a working Touch Screen to function. The latter (Windows Hello) works by detecting the face using a special camera on the front of the Device, very few computers (such as Microsoft’s Surface Book) have a Windows Hello camera and because of that, it is available to very few users.
Microsoft is working on a new way to unlock the Windows 10 PCs and, this time, it is using Bluetooth. The Redmond Giant has already created an App called Phone Sign-in.
The App is currently in Beta state and it is available to everyone in Windows Store. Windows 10 Phone sign-in beta works using Bluetooth of the Phone and the computer. Whenever both the devices are near to each other, the computer will unlock itself automatically.
Additionally, the app can use NFC or webcam also to do its job.
Google and Apple both have some kind of software feature to co-ordinate their mobile devices with their Desktop Operating systems. Apple’s iOS, for example, supports a feature called Hand-Off to switch between Mac and iPhone. Google also has some software features to unlock Chromebooks with a paired Android Smartphones.
Microsoft is a bit late on this front and it is also interesting that it is currently only available for its mobile OS,
Windows 10 phone Sign-in App is currently only available for Windows Phones. Which, despite having some interesting perks, has no competition to offer to Android or iOS. Also, there is no word about it being made available for Android or iOS.
In Past, Microsoft has not made any of its authenticator apps available for iOS or Android and therefore, chances of it being made for other platforms are pretty low.
If you are a Windows Phone owner, you can try the app from here.
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