New Windows 10 preview enables you to go passwordless and improves Your Phone app

Windows 10 has witnessed the release of a new preview build for those within the fast ring testing the update due to land within the first half of 2020.

Build 18936 ushers inside a passwordless sign-in system for that Microsoft account(s) in your device, meaning rather than a traditional password, you can use your fingerprint or Windows Hello facial recognition (or a PIN) for better security. (If you’re wondering why a Windows Hello PIN is much more secure than a password, Microsoft has got the answer for you inside a video).

To enable this option, head into Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, where it says ‘Make your device passwordless’ you have to choose ‘On’. You will possibly not see the option in your account settings yet, though, because only half the normal commission of testers are getting the functionality initially, having a gradual rollout planned.

It may sound like the majority of folks should get the option to visit passwordless in the next couple of weeks, though.

Surface benefits

This latest preview build also bolsters the Your Phone app, making screen mirroring of your handset on more of Microsoft’s Surface devices. The so-called ‘phone screen’ feature now works together with the Surface Laptop and Surface Laptop 2, as well as the Surface Pro 4, 5, and 6, and the Surface Book along with the Surface Book 2.

And a final change for build 18936 may be the capability to swiftly produce a new event or reminder from the Taskbar: all you need to do is click on the date (bottom-right corner), choose a day, and you’ll see a box that lets you produce the event there and then. Nothing major, but a nifty little extra.

That about wraps up for this preview build, aside from the usual bug fixes and minor tweaks, and also known issues which tend to be more prevalent in these early builds, which are indexed by Microsoft’s article introducing the changes.

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