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Microsoft is taking the first steps toward the death of passwords on its services. The software giant today rolled out a new update for its Microsoft Authenticator app on the iPhone which brings ins a new feature called Phone Sign-in. It’s worth noting that this feature has been available on Android and iOS as a beta for a while now, but it’s available to all users now. With this feature enabled, users can simply use Microsoft Authenticator to log in to Outlook, Bing, and other Microsoft services on the web without having to enter their password.
Once you setup Phone Sign-in on Microsoft Authenticator on your iPhone, you can login to your Microsoft Account on the web without needing your password. For example, if you go to Outlook.com and try to login, you will have to enter your email address — after that, you will be taken to the password page where you will see the “Use an app instead” option — clicking on it will trigger Phone Sign-in. After that, Microsoft Authenticator will send you a notification on your phone where you can authorize or reject the login request right from your phone. If you have an iPhone with Touch ID, Microsoft Authenticator will ask you to verify your fingerprint which makes this feature even more secure.
This is definitely a very nice feature that will make it much easier to login to your Microsoft Account on the web. If you are interested in trying this feature out now, you can get Microsoft Authenticator beta on iOS here.