Demo: Windows 8.1 fingerprint login support

Microsoft has already given us a little bit of information about what to expect in terms of fingerprint login support for Windows 8.1 and now we have a new video posted from Microsoft's TechEd conference that gives us a better look at the feature.

The video, hosted by Chris Hallum, goes over the feature for Windows 8.1 and it does appear to streamline the authentication process. The video is the on-screen only portion of the presentation but you can find the full video at the source link below.

Windows 8.1 is already set to bring a boatload of new features and we suspect that it will likely be the re-booting of the platform. While Windows 8 may have gotten off to a rough start with brand perception, Windows 8.1 appears to address nearly all of the major complaints with the platform that includes the return of the Start button and the ability to boot to the desktop.

Microsoft will be releasing a preview of Windows 8.1 later this month at its BUILD conference (we will be there!) and the RTM of the platform is expected to occur in the August timeframe. If this holds true, expect a similar timeline for the retail availability, like Windows 8, to land in October. 

Source: Channel 9 | Via: Winbeta

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At 0:38 he says "obviously a lot more reliable than a password, which usually takes me about 2 tries, and on a Monday morning takes me 4 tries, on a Monday morning maybe"

At 4:50 he says "Oh my goodness. Well, I'm not going to be able to show it to you because it's moved between builds."

I know with HP's fingerprint software, I would get a mini prompt when logging onto a site, if I wanted to associate the login with a fingerprint swipe, and could log in to sites easily with it.

Does this mean the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader works again?
Drivers?
Without that crappy Digital Persona software?

This seems pretty cool, but in reality, I don't see App makers making much use of the Finger-print reader, b/c not all PCs have one and it wouldn't make sense for a developer to implement this API. Not only would this require more work for the developer to implement, it doesn't make sense because it would have to be an 'optional' addition because a end-user couldn't use it if their PC doesn't have a fingerprint reader, negating the feature in the first place as a 'security' mechanism.

I assume it will be an extension to user profiles, so rather than typing in a password it will allow you to use biometric input. As you say, app developers aren't going to go out of their way to incorporate a feature that will be used by a tiny percentage of users.

Also remember this is mainly targetted at business. Things like hospitals and military will make extensive use of it.

what a load of rubbish, he says 3 "fingerprint" logons take about the same time as 1 normal password entry.

Maybe on a window 8 "virtual touch keyboard" it does, but on a normal keyboard it takes no time to enter a password.

dvb2000 said,
what a load of rubbish, he says 3 "fingerprint" logons take about the same time as 1 normal password entry.

Maybe on a window 8 "virtual touch keyboard" it does, but on a normal keyboard it takes no time to enter a password.

I have a 9-digit password and despite being a quick typer it would definitely be quicker and more convenient using fingerprint login. It might not take long to type but it takes even less time to scan a fingerprint, having used fingerprint scanners on other devices (mobiles).

greensabath said,
Agreed. Outside of the regular Windows login for fingerprints, I doubt this feature will be implemented in apps.

Well perhaps in the future it will? One thing I was wondering that might be useful is once we get phones with fingerprint readers, those phones could then be used to authenticate us on the go. This would be particularly useful if we get to use a computer without a fingerprint reader, or to avoid using fingerprint readers that might have been tampered with (say, in a public internet cafe).