With the release of the preview version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise earlier this week
, Microsoft is helping large businesses make the transition to its newest operating system. With that transition comes some new security features which will make Windows 8.1 PCs more secure for those organizations.
In a new blog post
, Microsoft outlined the new Windows 8.1 security improvements and additions, which include better support for biometric access to PCs. Microsoft believes that biometrics will replace regular passwords over time. In Windows 8.1, PCs can now support capacitive full-fingerprint hardware
, and added biometric APIs for opening Windows 8 apps. Microsoft added:
Before, we supported biometrics when a customer first signed into the device. Now any time a user sees a Windows credential prompt, he or she can use biometrics, effectively eliminating the password for logging into secure sites and in-app user account validations.