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Apple, Google, and Microsoft announce plans to expand support for passwordless sign-in standard

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Microsoft, Google and Apple today announced plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard. This standard was created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web consortium. With support from Microsoft, Google and Apple, websites and apps can offer easy passwordless sign-ins to consumers across devices and platforms.

Today’s announcement includes two new capabilities for more seamless passwordless sign-ins:
  1. Allow users to automatically access their FIDO sign-in credentials (referred to by some as a “passkey”) on many of their devices, even new ones, without having to reenroll every account.
  2. Enable users to use FIDO authentication on their mobile device to sign in to an app or website on a nearby device, regardless of the OS platform or browser they are running.

Passwords are getting replaced by PASSKEYS

Passkeys are replacing passwords. With passkeys, you can sign into any supported website or app by using your face, fingerprint or using a device PIN. Also, the biometric info will be stored in devices locally and they can be synced across devices on the same platform.

Microsoft announced that you can use Windows Hello today to sign in to any site that supports passkeys. In the future, you can sign in to your Microsoft account with a passkey from an Apple or Google device.

“The complete shift to a passwordless world will begin with consumers making it a natural part of their lives. Any viable solution must be safer, easier, and faster than the passwords and legacy multi-factor authentication methods used today,” says Alex Simons, Corporate Vice President, Identity Program Management at Microsoft. “By working together as a community across platforms, we can at last achieve this vision and make significant progress toward eliminating passwords. We see a bright future for FIDO-based credentials in both consumer and enterprise scenarios and will continue to build support across Microsoft apps and services.”
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