Last month, Microsoft announced a new Authenticator experience for Android, iOS, and Windows 10. The company’s new Authenticator app for Windows 10 has already been available for a few months now. However, the company has just pushed out the new Authenticator experience on Android. With the new Authenticator experience, Microsoft is making signing into a Microsoft Account a lot easier, thanks to the new “one tap to sign in” feature. The updated experience also includes a brand new user interface, giving it a modern facelift. In addition to these features, the new Authenticator experience also includes support for wearables such as the Samsung Gear. Here’s the full list of features:
- User experience refresh. We’ve made the app experience incredibly simple while maintaining the highest level of security.
- Best in breed MFA experience through one-click push notifications. You only need to click the Approve button in the notification to complete your login.
- Support for wearables. You can use an Apple Watch or Samsung Gear device to approve MFA challenges.
- Fingerprints instead of passcodes. We’ve added support fingerprint based approvals on both iPhone and Android.
- Certificate based authentication. Support for enterprise customers to sign in through certificates instead of passwords.
The new Authenticator experience is available as a new update for the Azure Authenticator app. Therefore, the app also supports Azure Active Directory accounts alongside Microsoft Accounts. And if that wasn’t enough, you can also use the app for your Google, Facebook and other accounts. As we noted earlier, Microsoft already has a new Authenticator experience for those on Windows 10 Mobile, which you can download from the links below.
If you would like to get your hands-on the new Authenticator app, you can get them from the links below.
Editor’s note: The article previously stated that the new Authenticator experience is also available on iOS, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The update should be available by tomorrow for iPhone users, however.