Microsoft accounts, including Outlook, OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and Xbox Series XS, will no longer require passwords to login…
Microsoft first introduced its passwordless option to enterprise users earlier this year. Rather than having to rely on the familiar authentication procedure, the software giant allowed businesses to forgo passwords to login to corporate accounts. Now, the company is making the same feature available to everyone. So, anyone with an active Microsoft account can turn off the password requirement and login via other means.
Microsoft Accounts No Longer Require Passwords
Microsoft did the same back in late 2018. And it’s allowing all users to disable the login credential. The software entity is rolling out the option now and it works with Outlook, OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and even Xbox Series X/S. However, it isn’t automatically applied. Instead, it’s necessary to install the Authenticator app and link it to an active account.
Once the Authenticator app is downloaded and actively linked to a Microsoft account, users must go to Settings > Advanced Security Options > Additional Security. From that point, it’s possible to switch over to a passwordless account. Follow the prompts that appear and approve any notifications in the Authenticator app to fully enable the passwordless account option.
Of course, Microsoft allows anyone to switch back or not participate at all. However, people will likely find not having to remember different strings of characters or relying on a password manager is much easier.