Microsoft Confirms Fingerprint Support for Windows 10 Mobile Coming This Summer

Rafia Shaikh
Posted May 12, 2016
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Microsoft offers its Windows 10 Mobile users ability to login using Windows Hello – a facial recognition technology that makes it easier for users to log in. While it offers convenient access, many consider fingerprint recognition a better technology. It definitely comes more naturally to press your finger instead of lifting up the phone against your face. For those who have been waiting for fingerprint support to Windows 10 Mobile, it will be an exciting news that Microsoft is finally introducing the feature to the mobile OS this summer.

Fingerprint support coming to Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft added biometrics support to Windows in 2012. Following this, the company introduced Windows Hello with Windows 10, giving users an even more secured login experience with facial authentication and fingerprint support. Users can login with Windows Hello facial recognition in Windows 10 Mobile, but the fingerprint support is yet to be introduced. At the WinHEC conference, Microsoft has confirmed that fingerprint authentication is also coming to Windows 10 Mobile and will be released this summer.

The WinHEC is a technical conference surrounding the latest improvements in technology and emerging technologies. A slideshow was shared on fingerprint support in Windows 10, which has confirmed the summer release date for fingerprint support coming to Windows 10 Mobile. The slides share two pieces of information about fingerprint reading. One, the device manufacturers will be able to choose between built-in readers and an external peripheral, and secondly, two gestures – swipe and touch – will be supported. The reports claim that the upcoming HP Elite x3 will be the first Windows 10 Mobile device to use fingerprint biometrics with Windows Hello.

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Considering the summer release timeline, Anniversary Update is likely to introduce the feature as part of the Windows Hello update. For more details, you can check out the slides here.

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