New Windows 10 Preview Furthers Microsoft's Plan to Kill Passwords

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Computerworld says Windows 10 adoption has been slower than the 7, concluding that there has been "a mad dash to rid systems of Windows 7 just before, at and after the support deadline".

Released for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, preview build 18309 includes a feature, that lets you sign in to your account with an SMS code sent to your phone instead of a password to all Windows 10 editions.

The point here is that Microsoft really needs to learn to streamline the Windows 10 setup experience going forward. Not by a massive margin, admittedly - which is nearly certainly because you hate it so much- but the graph's only trending one way now, in flagrant ignorance of how much you hate Windows 10. Yet despite the free upgrade offers and Microsoft's pushy, occasionally malware-like tactics to get people to move to its newest OS, Windows 7 retained the larger market share, mostly due to its popularity among enterprise users.

In the meantime, it will ask you not to upgrade to the latest Windows 10 update if you have one built-in account with admin privileges as it might block all the admin functions. We don't know the exact number of devices running Windows 10, but we do know that it's more than 700 million.

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With the rise of biometric security in a number of fields, it's likely that other tech giants will eventually follow Microsoft's lead and eliminate traditional passwords in favor of face scans, fingerprints, tokens, or other options. Now lock the device and select your phone number account on the Windows sign-in screen. During subsequent log-ins, you will be using Windows Hello to access your account.

Compounding the frustration is that while Microsoft is using Cortana to improve the accessibility of Windows setup, it hasn't actually done a very good job. The Insider Build 18309 doesn't bring any radical new features that will blow your mind.

Cursor and Pointers: Building on our mouse work announced with 18298, we've added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointers settings. Thursday's release extends that support to all Windows 10 editions, according to a Microsoft blog post.

Windows 10 now holds more than 39 percent of the marketshare for desktop operating systems as of December.