Brett Pearce / CNET

Microsoft has already convinced 200 million of us to turn on passwordless authentication so we can access Outlook.com, Xbox Live, OneDrive, and Skype. Now it leaves those who wish to do so to throw away the passwords entirely.

On Wednesday the company opened a new option to delete your password authentication. That means you sign in using only a combination of hardware security keys, biometrics like fingerprints and Windows Hello facial recognition, emailed codes, and the Microsoft Authenticator app that runs on Android phones and iPhones.



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