Microsoft ditches passwords in latest build of Windows 10 S

If you're on Windows 10 S, Microsoft is testing a completely password-free experience. That includes going through the out-of-box experience and accessing all your favorite apps and services, Microsoft explained.

The latest Windows Build 17093 has gone out to those courageous users on the Insider Fast Ring update track. This utility allows users to review the telemetry data that Windows 10 devices are sending to Microsoft.

Of course, that's not the only improvement coming with the next Windows Insider build.

In future, Microsoft would work on tighter integrations between browser and desktop to bring the best of UWP and web to each other.

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Microsoft is running a test version of a Windows 10 S that discards the use of conventional passwords altogether, opting for biometric and other authentication options instead.

Microsoft's war against passwords has taken a new turn in Windows 10 preview build 17093. The settings picked in the new "Advanced graphics settings" page will override any picks made in the AMD or Nvidia control panels, though the application or game in question makes the ultimate choice of GPU.

There are also Diagnostic Data improvements. Windows 10 doesn't make any performance benchmarking to organize your GPUs - it simply makes assumptions based on type: integrated GPU is suitable for power saving, discrete GPU is more performant, and an external GPU is even higher performing.

Windows Security Improvements: Windows Defender has been renamed to Windows Security and can be found in Settings Update & Security. And there's a new "clutter-free printing" option in the print dialog for Microsoft Edge. As ever, some known bugs remain, including a pause of up to 90 minutes at the 88% mark during the installation process. This one is the build 17093, which once again brings quite a lot of new features and improvements on the table. Once we get closer to the date we'll start having more details on the conference, so stay tuned. The notes don't provide a rollout day for Redstone 4, but its Bug Bash initiative ends on February 11.

  • Fernando Stephens