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Microsoft Testing Logging In To Windows 10 With Your Smartphone


An observant Twitter user noticed that Microsoft has a new app which allows users to log in to their Windows 10 computer using their Windows Phone. The app, Phone Sign-in Beta, is listed and available on the Microsoft Store but before you get too excited, the description lists it as being intended for internal testing purposes — which begs the question: why is it even on the Microsoft Store then?

Based on the couple of comments on the listing, the app is installable but unusable due to it being for internal testing only. The listing does mention that the app will use Bluetooth to sync your Windows Phone with your Windows 10 computer, and will allow users to simply open the app and tap on a nearby computer to unlock it. Future versions of the app will include support for Microsoft account, a solution for signing in for browsers and VPNs, one-time passcode generation, and MFA (multi-factor authentication) approval through notifications.

As mentioned before, this is in internal testing at the moment, but it’ll be curious to see if Microsoft releases similar apps for Android and iOS devices once the Windows Phone version is released to the public.

What do you think about Microsoft’s foray into allowing users to unlock their Windows 10 computers with their Windows Phones? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Microsoft Store
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