That doesn’t mean Windows 8.1 won’t allow fingerprint scanning as a security measure, though, and a new report today suggested that it in fact will.
According to The Verge, Windows 8.1 will up Microsoft’s native support for biometrics and fingerprint recognition technology.
It will even include the option to lock folders to individual fingerprints.
Fingerprint reading: more useful than it sounds
Users will be able to associate their unique fingerprints with their Windows 8.1 Microsoft Accounts, the site reported.
That fingerprint will then allow them to log into or purchase apps, lock folders, and more.
It sounds like fingerprint reading will be possible both with external hardware peripherals and as a feature built-in to some Windows 8.1 devices; Microsoft’s Senior Product Marketing Manager Michael Niehaus said during the company’s Tech-Ed talks this week that they’re working with hardware manufacturers to have it included.
The company is also reportedly working on getting more OEMs to build the technology directly into their own tablets, laptops, mice, keyboards, and other devices.
We’ve asked a Microsoft spokesperson to clarify exactly how fingerprint recognition technology will be implemented in Windows 8.1, and we’ll update this post if we receive more information.
Windows 8.1 is almost here
It’s been rumored for months that Apple is about to get big into fingerprint reading, but this is the first we’ve heard of its implementation in Windows 8.
The Microsoft OS update has long been rumored as well, and recent leaks showed what looks like the return of the Start button.
Windows 8.1 will be available publicly beginning June 26 during the Microsoft Build developer conference.
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