Hilko kwam een link brengen naar C|NET waar gemeld wordt dat Microsoft van plan is om support voor vingerafdruk-scanners in nieuwe Windows OS-en te stoppen als vervanging voor het normale wachtwoord. MS gaat hiervoor gebruik maken van de Biometric API van het bedrijf I/O Software.
Biometric technology matches stored 2D and 3D images of an individual's body parts with the person. These systems often can compensate for aging, weight gain and other variations. The sheer volume of topographic data captured on a typical stored image also serves to deter fraud: Wearing a Bill Clinton mask won't likely get someone past a biometric firewall.
"We always strive to provide the most advanced security technology that we can offer," said Shanen Boettcher, a product manager at Microsoft. "This is an example of us responding to both customer demand and industry momentum."
Microsoft's decision to integrate biometric technology into the operating systems is a win for the futuristic security, which has generally been considered too expensive and difficult to implement. Several companies, including Compaq Computer, have promoted biometrics with little success. By adding biometrics directly into the operating systems, Microsoft will potentially lower the hurdles.