Microsoft showed off a new password management feature for Windows 8 that it is going to make it simple for users to manage their digital identity.
In this digital wold that we live in today, people use different software (e.g. KeePass) and online services (e.g., LastPass and 1Password) to manage their digital identity to have access to everything with just one master password and not having to remember uppercase, numbers and symbols from a particular log in. Also there are others that still using a Notepad file to store username and passwords — which is a no-no! –. Now with Windows 8 users are going to enjoy the new awesome password management feature that will come built-in on the operating system.
In Windows 8, users will only need to remember their Live ID password and the software giant will take care of the rest.
One of the great things you get when you sign in to Windows with your Windows Live ID is the ability to sync the credentials you’ve stored to all of the Windows 8 PCs that you register as your “Trusted PCs.”
When you store credentials in conjunction with signing in to Windows with your Windows Live ID, Windows enables you to set your password for each account to something that is both complex and unique; since Windows 8 will automatically submit the credential on your behalf, you’ll never need to remember it yourself. If you need to see the actual password at some point later, you can view it in the credential manager shown here, from any of your Trusted PCs. — Dustin Ingalls, Group Program Manger at Microsoft, explains.
Not only users will be able to store online credentials but also username and passwords from applications. “Anyone building a Metro style app can use a direct API to securely store and retrieve credentials for that app,” — Says Dustin in a new Windows 8 blog post.
The last part of this new password improvement in the up coming Microsoft’s OS is the ability to use TPM computer chip to mimic a virtual smart card. Method that will be well received by business and enterprise customers that often use smart card for a variety of operations. The virtual smart card feature will eliminate the requirement for the use of actual smart card and take full advantage of the TPM computer chip.
The new feature will allow users to sync credentials between computers and other Windows devices as well, like tablets and Windows Phones. And it is going to be interesting to see how users that use online services and/or software, receive the new feature.
Windows 8 password management