Microsoft Muzzles Cortana During Windows 10 Setup, Moves To Kill Passwords

Gerardo Harmon
January 7, 2019

While SMS-based authentication has security issues of its own, Microsoft seems to feel that it's a better bet for most home users than a likely insecure password. Those who buy gadgets with Windows 10 Home pre-installed will still be greeted by the voice assistant upon initial startup, but at least the problem's being improved for those who are the most annoyed by it. The new Windows 10 build also enhances the experience for resetting your PIN on Windows 10 devices.

If you don't yet have a Microsoft phone number account, you can download any of its apps on your Android or iOS device and sign up with your phone number under "Sign in or Sing up for free".

And let's be honest, the Windows 10 setup experience itself isn't particularly well designed.

Microsoft is investigating an issue where clicking your account in Cortana Permissions isn't bringing up the UI to sign out from Cortana (if you were already signed in) for some users in this build.

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The October 2018 Update for Windows 10 may have gotten off to a rocky start, but that has not deterred Microsoft from forging ahead with its next major update, which is due out sometime in the first half of this year. Fast Ring Insiders can now download the preview build 18309, which is quite a minor update compared to the previous flight. We don't know the exact number of devices running Windows 10, but we do know that it's more than 700 million.

Add your account to Windows from Settings Accounts Family & other Users "Add someone else to this PC".

Select "sign in options" and then click on alternatives such as PIN lock and sign in.

The next version of Windows 10 will support passwordless Microsoft accounts.

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Narrator Home navigation: The main actions on Narrator Home, such as QuickStart and Settings, are now buttons and not Listview items. It's still there. This means when it's talking, you won't be able to skip parts of the setup experience.

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Also on the ease of access front, Microsoft has added 11 new mouse pointer sizes under Cursor and Pointers settings, to make for 15 choices in total.

Other presents include accessibility improvements, a bunch of bug fixes and the list of known issues that accompanies every release.

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