Windows Hello fully opens up to non-Microsoft devices

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Soon you’ll have even more options to log onto Windows 10 quickly and securely. Microsoft just announced that it’s opening up the Windows Hello Companion Device Framework to other companies, which means their devices will let you hop into Windows just as easily as Microsoft’s Band. On stage at Computex today, a Microsoft representative used the Nymi band, an authentication wearable for the workplace, to log into her computer. You can also expect to see things like ID cards, phones and potentially other wearables working together with Windows Hello.

We’ve already seen Windows Hello-compatible facial recognition cameras from Tobii, but today’s news goes even further. Microsoft says the Windows Hello framework supports enterprise-grade two-factor authentication, so perhaps it’s something your employer will eventually support.