Windows Insiders are being given the chance to test a new password-less verification system for Windows 10 S. This is technically different from Windows Hello, which already ditches passwords in favour of biometric scanning; but is limited to machines that support the system.
Windows 10 S will instead be making use of the Microsoft Authenticator app. However, instead of relying on it for two-stage authentication, it instead turns the app into the lone method of unlocking a computer. This certainly sounds like a step backward, seeing that the entire point of having the Authenicator app was to provide an additional layer of security.
Of course, that’s not the only improvement coming with the next Windows Insider build. The preview will also be testing the new privacy tools that were announced during Data Privacy Day. Significantly, this includes more transparency about what kind of data Windows collects from its users, and the ability to delete said data from Microsoft’s servers.
Now, the test builds can’t actually delete anything from the servers yet. Microsoft says that the backed cloud system isn’t completed at the moment, but will be ready to complete the delete requests when the update goes live.
Other features like better multi-GPU support for apps and an improved Game Bar are also being tested in the new Insider Build; most of which are for quality of life improvements.
This includes a HDR calibration tool built directly into the operating system. Allowing people to adjust HDR video playback to get a picture that they like. Microsoft is saying that it’s a very new tool, and it doesn’t look like it may take a lot of extra testing to get it working properly.