Microsoft is embracing biometric login with a new feature of Windows 10 that can recognize faces, fingerprints, and irises for authentication it claims is more secure than passwords.Windows Hello can be used to authenticate users but also applications, data, and websites without storing passwords on devices that support the feature.

The company says facial and iris recognition require infrared cameras on Windows 10 devices to distinguish individuals in varying lighting conditions. Microsoft says it is working with hardware makers to deliver such devices that incorporate Intel’s RealSense 3D Camera F200, which supports Windows Hello. Microsoft says Windows Hello supports existing fingerprint readers.

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