For the next version of Windows 10, the company wants to make logins easier and more secure by getting rid of pesky passwords and replacing them with codes.
However, if you're someone like an IT pro (or a friendly neighbourhood tech reviewer) who regularly has to wipe and configure a bunch of machines, Cortana's persistent blathering can drive you and everyone in your vicinity bonkers.
Microsoft first announced support for setting up and signing into Windows 10 Home edition insiders with a phone number account and no password via Build 18305 in December. "This same issue is suspected to also be the root cause resulting in some Insiders finding Start would reset back to default in the previous build", Microsoft explained in the release notes of the latest Windows 10 preview build.
"HI THERE! I'M CORTANA, and I'm here to help", says a cheery voice when you boot up your Windows 10 PC for the first time.
Enhanced Windows Sandbox to better support high DPI displays. The company, however, halted the rollout after users started complaining that the version started deleting their data.
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But how do you protect your account without a password? When you sign into Windows 10 with that phone number, Microsoft will text you a code that you enter on the sign-in screen.
Microsoft suggested creating password-replacement offerings such as Windows Hello, a facial recognition technology, Authenticator app, and FIDO2 security keys. Although this offer officially ended on July 29th, 2016, it is still technically possible to go through the process on a Windows 7/8.1 PC. We don't know the exact number of devices running Windows 10, but we do know that it's more than 700 million. You are now able to tab between all of them.
Moral of the story: Windows 10's setup experience is inconvenient and incomplete. To that end, the latest build introduces a "cool feature".
Microsoft has also added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointers settings menu for a total of 15.
Recently, online stat-tracking firm Net Market Share revealed that Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7 in terms of usage. At the beginning of the year, market share sat at 34.29 and 42.39 percent for Windows 10 and Windows 7, respectively.