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An Overview of “Windows Hello” on Windows 10

by Clicktechtips (writer), India, August 10, 2015

Just after the release of Windows 10, Microsoft announced another feature named "Windows Hello" which will secure your device from getting hacked with fingerprint or face detection process.


Once Microsoft stated that in the future operating system a user will not need to type a password to get the access to Windows 10. So, Microsoft introduced “Windows Hello”, which is an identification process where a user has to use his/her face or fingerprint as a password. This is going to be the most secured biometric authentication to get access to Windows 10 supported devices.

Microsoft said that ‘Windows Hello” will be a part of Windows 10. Using technology that it basically started as a component of Microsoft Kinect Depth Camera that shipped with the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game console, Hello will associate below your beard or makeup and determine if it is truly you. “Windows Hello” will be more beneficiary than putting a password. You will be greeted by your name as it lights up in acceptance, adding a swift and a more protected way to log into Windows 10, as your face is the password.


The concept behind introducing “Windows Hello” is, basically users create lots of passwords and then forgot. Even the password expose to the web. In Windows Hello’s security model, your PC will verify you by getting support from a camera or a fingerprint reader. Then your PC will confirm your identity on whatever Microsoft service you have. If a website also backing Windows Hello, that will also perceive you and this reciprocal technology called as Microsoft Password.

’We want to make your interactions with Windows devices more like interacting with another person,” said Scott Evans, the software engineering lead for Kinect.

How Will It Work:


Microsoft also approved that normal camera will not work for Windows Hello. Hello will perform with a current fingerprint sensor. For this, your laptop or device needs some specially designed hardware like a fingerprint reader, illuminated IR or other biometric devices. To detect your face and fingerprint, the IR sensors will be built into a new generation of devices. Microsoft stated that PCs incorporating the Intel F200 RealSense 3D Camera will work for the iris and facial lock feature of “Windows Hello”.

“You get all of that security that an IT organization would get with smartcards with the familiarity and personal experience of Windows Hello,” Ingalls said.

As a member of FIDO Alliance, Microsoft has to emerge with the FIDO Alliance specification to make future products which are appropriate with FIDO Alliance regulations. So, we are expecting that this feature will be available in various financial and consumer apps or websites over time. When Windows 10 becomes broadly available, Windows Hello will hit the market in laptops, PC’s, Tablets later in this year.

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