Microsoft Edge Getting Advanced Web Authentication Support

Posted on July 30, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 6 Comments

Microsoft was the first to ship support for Web Authentication preview in Microsoft Edge back in 2016. Web Authentication allows for a password-free authentication experience, enabling users to log into their accounts with Windows Hello face recognition, fingerprint scanner, and even physical security keys like the one Google launched just last week.

That was just a preview of the new Web Authentication APIs, though. Microsoft has been working with the FIDO Alliance and others in the industry to further develop the Web Authentication APIs, and they recently reached the Candidate Recommendation (CR) status in the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3). “This is a major step towards enabling practical, strong, privacy–preserving authentication on the Web,” said the WC3.

And now with Windows 10 version 1809, aka Redstone 5, Microsoft will be shipping the advanced Web Authentication support in Microsoft Edge. The company says its implementation of Web Authentication provides the “most complete” support for the technology to date, combined with support for a wider variety of authenticators than any other browser in the industry. Microsoft is also providing developers with an in-depth guide that will help them implement Web Authentication in their own web applications.

The complete support for Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge will be available later this year to the public once Microsoft officially ships Windows 10 version 1809. Web Authentication is a promising technology that could eventually put an end to passwords, though that’s going to years before major websites and platforms start making use of the Web Authentication APIs. Keep in mind: this technology is very new, and not all browsers even support the new APIs yet, so it will take a lot of time before mainstream websites start making use of the new tech.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Microsoft Edge Getting Advanced Web Authentication Support”

  1. BigM72

    This tech getting mainstream support is actually something worth getting excited about (compared to say Animojis)

  2. harmjr

    So to me this is Microsoft way of taking over the Facebook log in that we currently see on everyone site.

    So... Is Microsoft going to have a list of all the websites and banking accounts we visit?

    Wont that been something in the cloud that could be obtained by a subpoena?

  3. North of 49th

    Mehedi, are there plans for Thurrott.com to implement this capability ahead of mainstream websites? For example, on an iPhone, anywhere where an app wants to throw up a request for log-in their system kicks in automatically and checks for facial/fingerprint indentification.

  4. anchovylover

    Poor old Edge, barely hanging on to 4% desktop market share. It's developed into a decent browser for normal everyday home users however it appears to be too little too late.

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