Can you believe it's been nearly three years since Windows 10 was released? It's true, it came out in the summer of 2015.
It's been a remarkably successful operating system (OS) for Microsoft. The tech giant said that nearly 500 million computers run the OS worldwide.
Now, Microsoft is working on making its OS more secure and you won't believe how!
Are passwords going by the wayside?
Microsoft recently released its latest Insider Preview update and with it comes some interesting features. The most drastic change deals with system passwords. It's being tested on Windows 10 S machines but most likely will make it to all Windows 10 versions in the future.
Windows 10 S is a streamlined and locked-down version of Windows 10 Pro with a focus on consistent performance, reliability and security. Think of it as the Microsoft equivalent of Google's Chrome OS, an optimized lightweight OS that can run efficiently even on low-powered machines.
What's happening now is, Microsoft is testing the ability to unlock Windows without using passwords. Instead, users would need to download an Authenticator App on their smartphone.
Here's how it will work. After downloading the Authenticator App, use it to set up your Windows 10 S PC. You'll be able to go through the out-of-box experience, set up Windows Hello and access all your favorite apps and services -- all without ever having to enter your password.
The changes made in this update will make your Windows S PC experience password-free. If you have Windows Hello set up, you won't see passwords anywhere in the Windows experience - not on the unlock screen nor in Sign-in options.
You might be leery about using an Authenticator App, thinking it's a hassle and adds unnecessary steps. But it's actually easier than remembering all those passwords that you need as of now. Plus, it's more secure than using passwords. This type of feature could be the wave of the future.
Speaking of Windows 10, here are 10 features you probably never use but should
You're probably not getting the most out of Windows 10. That's the Microsoft operating system that's running on roughly half a billion PCs and laptops. Windows is so commonplace that most of us don't pay attention to the ways it can make our lives a whole lot easier. These are helpful tricks that you probably forgot are there.