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Microsoft tests a password-less Windows 10 S

10 February, 2018, 02:52 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • The Microsoft Surface Laptop released in 2017 was the first Windows 10 S PC

Tickets for the Build conference are likely to be sold out soon after Microsoft will open the registration window next week.

"You will be able to go through the out-of-box experience, set up Windows Hello and access all your favorite apps and services - all without ever having to enter your password", continued the Microsoft executives. The feature doesn't now work, but Redmond says it will before the Redstone 4 update is released to the general public. By default, it uses full display brightness, so you'll want to change that if you're not plugged in.

This includes a HDR calibration tool built directly into the operating system.

Continuing on the graphics front, the new build has new graphics settings for systems with multiple graphics cards. The new panel will allow users to override the OS' choice of GPU for an app and directly specify whether to use the most efficient adapter or the one with the highest performance. While there are some exciting improvements to the system graphics, the company also unveiled some privacy and security changes.

The latest build of Windows 10 - now being made available to Insiders - is looking to replace passwords with a variety of different authentication methods - at least for the stripped down Chrome-clone Windows S.


That seems to be something that Microsoft is considering for Windows 10 S. Our best guess is that the password-less mode will be available when the rumored "S Mode" is activated.

On this event, you can find out what's being released in the next Windows 10 Update. Moreover, there is a new "Clutter-free printing" option that can remove ads and more for certain type of web pages.

Microsoft recommends that devs who want to differentiate their product on each platform develop native apps, rather than PWAs, but also stresses the cost and time savings of building a single PWA to run across all platforms.

Windows Security improvements: The Windows Defender section in the Settings app has been redesigned and renamed "Windows Security". This one is the build 17093, which once again brings quite a lot of new features and improvements on the table.

Moving ahead on their earlier announcement, Microsoft has dropped more details about their plans to bring Progressive Web Apps to Microsoft Store with the release of the Redstone 4 update. The notes don't provide a rollout day for Redstone 4, but its Bug Bash initiative ends on February 11.

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