The Future of Windows Could Be Passwordless

Feb 09, 2018, 01:57
The Future of Windows Could Be Passwordless

A load more tweaks have been implemented, which include a host of improvements for those using the eye control accessibility feature to navigate Windows 10 just by looking around the desktop.

In preview release 17093, available to folks enrolled in the Windows Insider early-access and feedback program, Microsoft is making it possible for users to go password-free for themselves.

Microsoft's war against passwords has taken a new turn in Windows 10 preview build 17093.

In a blog post, Microsoft plainly defines its roadmap to bring PWAs to Microsoft Store, which is the renamed version of the Windows Store.

However, it's unclear when, or indeed if Microsoft plans to roll out these updates to the greater Windows 10 install base.

Diagnostic Data Viewer was introduced by Microsoft on the Data Privacy Day last week, which was followed by this new page appearing in the Settings app. DDV lets users review the diagnostic data your device is sending to Microsoft, and now this data can also be deleted by users.

Users can download PWAs from the Microsoft Store. The firm has already combed through some 1.5 million web apps to pick out a small selection of PWAs for initial testing. PWAs will look and function the same as any other Store app, and will be packaged as an appx in Windows 10 - running in their own sandboxed container.

Microsoft explained that it makes more sense for developers focusing on fully-tailored UWP experience to build things from the ground up using native technologies.

Developers will also be able to submit their Progressive Web Apps to the Store.

PWA capabilities will not be limited in scope compared to the Universal Windows Platform Apps found in the store today, and will have access to the full suite of WinRT APIs. Microsoft says a lot of modern machines are capable of playing HDR but need to be calibrated in the factory to be able to do so. These apps are built on or optimized by web technologies like Cache API, Fetch networking, Push notifications, Service Worker, and Web App Manifest.

Microsoft recommends that devs who want to differentiate their product on each platform develop native apps, rather than PWAs, but also stresses the cost and time savings of building a single PWA to run across all platforms. Microsoft has scheduled Build 2018 developer conference for May 7-9 and the conference will be held at Seattle same as previous year. Instead, users will unlock the system through the Authenticator App installed on the user's smartphone.