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June 5, 2013

Windows 8.1 will allow you to lock folders with your fingerprints

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Microsoft has recently let us know plenty of Windows 8.1 features, but one thing it failed to mention was fingerprint reader support.

That doesn’t mean Windows 8.1 won’t allow fingerprint scanning as a security measure, though, and a new report today suggested that it in fact will.

According to The Verge, Windows 8.1 will up Microsoft’s native support for biometrics and fingerprint recognition technology. Users will be able to associate their unique fingerprints with their Windows 8.1 Microsoft Accounts, the publication reported.
It will even include the option to lock folders to individual fingerprints.
Fingerprint reading is far more useful than it sounds, think about users who find it hard to remember usernames / passwords, the list goes on and on. That fingerprint will then allow them to log into or purchase apps, lock folders, and more.


It sounds like fingerprint reading will be possible both with external hardware peripherals and as a feature built  into some Windows 8.1 devices; Microsoft’s Senior Product Marketing Manager Michael Niehaus said during the company’s Tech-Ed talks this week that the company is working with hardware manufacturers to have it included.

The company is also reportedly working on getting more OEMs to build the technology directly into their own tablets, laptops, mice and keyboards.

We’ve asked a Microsoft spokesperson to clarify exactly how fingerprint recognition technology will be implemented in Windows 8.1, and we’ll update this post if we receive more information.

Windows 8.1 is almost here

It’s been rumored for months that Apple is about to get big into fingerprint reading, but this is the most we’ve heard about it talked about for Microsoft’s newest OS.

The company plans to unleash Windows 8.1 on the public June 26 as part of Build 2013. We hope to play around with this fingerprint tech, plus figure out just what the heck is up with the Start tip.

Source: The Verge

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini