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Microsoft wants you to stop using passwords for its apps and services — here’s how

Companies and consortiums have been waging war against passwords through security keys and authenticator apps for years now. Microsoft has taken one more step towards a passwordless future by allowing you to remove the password from your account altogether — so you won’t need it to sign into Windows, your email, or Outlook.

The company offers options for alternative sign-in, such as the authenticator app or physical security keys. If you choose to go with those, you can ditch your password entirely. On Windows-based laptops, you can use Windows Hello facial recognition or fingerprint sign-in to get around the hassle of remembering passwords.

Here’s how you’ll be able to remove password from your account:

  • First, make sure you have the Microsoft Authenticator app installed on your phone, and linked with your account.
  • Head to accounts.microsoft.com to log in to your account.
  • Go to Security > Advanced security options and scroll down to the Addition security section.
  • Turn on the Passwordless account option, and follow the on-screen steps.

Once you’ve completed all steps, your password will be removed and you will have one less thing to remember. After that, you can use any of the alternative methods mentioned above to login into your Microsoft account.