Windows 8 recently added an update which has several tricks for those who use fingerprint readers. Yesterday, there was a session for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)'s Tech-Ed describing the new feature that offers support for fingerprint recognition.
This feature is a native fingerprint reader support and it was created to improve Windows mixed up support systems for biometrics devices. Although previous versions of Windows operating systems only touched base with software and third party drivers. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) added a particular feature that allows users to improve the support system by allowing users to lock certain folders to allow finger print access.
Support System For Windows 8.1
The Verge reports that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) wants to work closely with two or three manufacturers to create the support system for Windows 8.1. Microsoft is also asking some of their manufacturers to add the fingerprint feature to laptops, tablets, keyboards and mice.
Stephen Rose for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) explained, "You'll begin to see these be more pervasively available just to make it that much easier to log in to Windows."
Michael Neihaus (senior product marketing manager for Microsoft) added, "We're also working with this so that you can actually take folders and say this folder requires fingerprint access to get into, so different levels that we're looking at."
The new feature should make things more secure and the products more appealing to companies that need more security. Windows has gotten a lot of flack for years and although this won't necessarily change things for them, the company is still making necessary changes to maintain their brand, but is it enough?
With competition from the likes of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930), as well as the major shift from computers to mobile devices. It's highly unlikely that this move will make agencies and companies switch back their iPads or iPhones for Windows-based products, at least anytime soon.