Windows 10 phones gaining support for fingerprint readers

When the next version of Windows 10 Mobile rolls out this summer it will add fingerprint sensing capabilities to Windows Hello.

Microsoft's improving the biometric login capabilities of Windows 10 Mobile in the coming months. The company plans to add fingerprint sensor capabilities to Windows Hello—the biometric login feature built into the operating system—in the mobile version of Windows 10 this summer. Windows 10 Mobile already supports retina detection, which is used by the Lumia 950 and the 950 XL.

Microsoft revealed its plans for fingerprint sensing during the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) planning event, which was held in China in March. Earlier this week, Microsoft released its presentation slide decks from the events on Channel 9, allowing the public to find out about its plans.

To use the new fingerprint scanning capability your phone will have to come with the hardware required to use it. The first handset to use the fingerprint capability will likely be HP’s Elite X3. The company previously announced it would offer “dual biometrics” on the phone with iris detection and fingerprint scanning.

Why this matters: Unlocking your phone with a retina scan feels cool and very futuristic—almost Mission Impossible-like, you might say. But it’s also an impractical feature, at least in my experience on the Lumia 950. Retina scans are far slower than entering a PIN, to the point that I often forget the feature is there and just quickly zip through my code instead. Retina scans also don’t work at all when you’re outdoors on a sunny day. Fingerprint scanning, meanwhile, tends to be very responsive, and many hardware makers already have experience with the technology.

[via MSPoweruser]

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Windows 10

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?