Microsoft Bats for Digital Connected World Minus Password

By CIOReview | Thursday, February 19, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Microsoft wishes to take the identity security and authentication beyond passwords. To this end, it is making significant contributions to Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, a non-profit organization which is developing specifications agile mechanisms for authenticating users for online services in a secured manner without the need for passwords.

Microsoft has made its design input contributions which will be part of FIDO 2.0 Technical Specifications. It has said that it has implemented these contributions in the Windows 10 Technical Preview which members of the Windows Insider Program can use to evaluate its efficacy.

As per the new additions in the Windows 10 Technical Preview, devices and services from Microsoft and partner SaaS services supported by Azure Active Directory authentication can be accessed without using password but using an enterprise-grade two-factor authentication solution. Active Directory integration will also be available for on-premise scenarios and Microsoft Account integration which will be leveraged by Microsoft services such as Outlook.com, OneDrive, and more.

The current Technical Preview showcases these new inputs for identity authentication by having them integrated with: Windows 10 sign-in; Azure Active Directory; Office 365 Exchange Online; as well as integration with applications from companies such as Salesforce, Citrix, Box, Concur and more.

FIDO Authentication
With an objective to simplify and strengthen identity authentication, FIDO standard has diligently crafted as a universal framework that allows interoperability of FIDO products. As a standard for security devices and browser plugins, FIDO standard allows websites and cloud applications to interface with FIDO-enabled devices that the user has for online security.