Microsoft Authenticator App Will Unlock your Windows 10 PC With your Windows Smartphone

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft is constantly working on upgrading Windows 10’s cross-platform features, and the ability to control one device from another. This time, the company is working on one handy tool, called Microsoft Authenticator, which will soon arrive to the Windows Store.

Microsoft Authenticator allows you to unlock your Windows 10 PC using your Windows smartphone. For now, it requires a Bluetooth connection, so all you have to do in order to unlock your PC using your smartphone is to pair two devices. It is not exactly clear whether the smartphone needs to be near the computer or not, but it would make sense to verify where the authentication is being performed from, to avoid running into any security issues.

More Authentication Options to Windows 10 Coming Soon

Microsoft Authenticator is still in its beta phase, and it currently only supports Remote NGC and lets you add ADD accounts. But in the future, the app will receive updates, like the support for Microsoft account, a sign in solution for browsers and VPN, one-time passcode generation, and MFA approval through notifications.

The app is currently only intended for internal testing purposes, but we expect it to roll out to all users very soon. Microsoft Authenticator already has its Windows Store page, but logically, the download button is absent.

As a reminder, the option to see your missed calls and text messages from Windows 10 Mobile on a Windows 10 PC is already present, and the release of Microsoft Authenticator is another step closer to gaining you full control over all your Windows 10 devices.

Will you use Microsoft Authenticator to unlock your computer, once it gets released to the general public, and what additional features you expect from this tool in the future? Tell us in the comments below.

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