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Log in with your wrist: Windows Hello to support wearables

Forget typing long and complicated passwords, Microsoft wants to make it easier and quicker for you to log in to your PC. And soon, you'll be able to do it from your wrist.


Microsoft's Windows Hello log-in feature will so offer support for wearables.


Bill Gates famously said that making Windows users type Ctrl+Alt+Delete to log in was "a mistake".

Now, if Microsoft gets its way, typing could be phased out for good with the company unveiling a new way of logging in from your wrist.

Microsoft used its keynote presentation at Computex in Taiwan to talk up the new features of Windows Hello, its biometric sign-in feature that lets you log in to your computer by using your face, fingerprint or iris.

During a live demonstration of Hello, Microsoft also showed off a new feature: Signing in using a wearable.

The head of Microsoft's Windows Interact division, Li-Chen Miller, demonstrated the technology using the Nymi Band, a third-party wearable that uses heartbeat detection to authenticate the wearer.

By swiping her wrist past an NFC reader on her laptop, Miller logged in using Windows Hello, saying the process was "three times quicker than typing passwords."

It all fits in nicely with Microsoft's goal of "evolving from today's keyboard and mice and touch, to use more human capabilities like pens, your voice, face and fingerprints," according to company Executive VP, Terry Myerson.

The feature will roll out during the Northern Hemisphere summer, as part of the Window's 10 Anniversary Update.

Check out CNET's full coverage of Computex 2016 here.