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NEWS Biggest changes in

NEWS Biggest changes in Windows 10 Build 17093 Better GPU, HDR, and Bluetooth management are among the changes coming to Windows 10. MARK HACHMAN reports Microsoft sees a future without passwords in Windows 10 Insider Build 17093, at least for Windows 10 S users. The firm has quietly worked to downplay passwords via PIN codes, fingerprint sensors, and even facial recognition. But actually killing them entirely within Windows 10 S is one of the key changes coming with what may be called 4 TECH ADVISOR • MAY 2018

NEWS the Spring Creators Update, code-named ‘Redstone 4,’ expected to launch in late March or early April. The build, which is available now, also includes new multi-GPU graphics settings, improved eye tracking, quicker connections using Bluetooth, and clutter-free printing, among others. Let’s take a look. Windows 10 S takes a pass on passwords Last October, one of the hidden features within the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was a mechanism to eliminate passwords and replace them with an authenticator app – but the feature didn’t actually do anything. Now it does. A password, of course, is the traditional way of accessing Windows – but it’s a pain to remember and change. Within Windows 10, Microsoft implemented shortcuts of a sort, including a short PIN code or logging in with your face or fingerprint via Windows Hello. But setting those up required a password, too. Now Microsoft is using its Authenticator App for Android and iOS, which spits out an eight-digit code every minute that’s uniquely keyed to your phone. It might not replace a good, strong, unique password, but an attacker would need to have access to a (hopefully) secured phone as well as your PC. To set up Windows Hello or a PIN, you’ll need to enter the Authenticator code instead. Though this is an Insider build – meaning that it could eventually change – Microsoft implies this is a permanent decision. “With the changes in this build, your Windows 10 S PC will automatically make your experience password-free,” Microsoft wrote in a blog MAY 2018 • TECH ADVISOR 5

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