Latest Windows Update Furthers Microsoft's Plan to Eliminate Passwords

Joshua Bennett
January 7, 2019

Essentially, Microsoft is now asking users to sign in to Windows 10 with their registered phone. Those who buy gadgets with Windows 10 Home pre-installed will still be greeted by the voice assistant upon initial startup, but at least the problem's being improved for those who are the most annoyed by it. In the upcoming Windows 10 19H1 release, Microsoft is silencing Cortana's voice by default so you won't have to hear it everytime you set up a new computer.

If you don't yet have a Microsoft phone number account, you can download any of its apps on your Android or iOS device and sign up with your phone number under "Sign in or Sing up for free". Not by a massive margin, admittedly - which is nearly certainly because you hate it so much- but the graph's only trending one way now, in flagrant ignorance of how much you hate Windows 10. Or you can take an existing Microsoft account and put a phone number on it.

Despite this, Microsoft is hard at work on the next big feature update, expected this spring, and has just rolled out the first build of 2019 for Insiders on the Fast ring.

The Narrator app that reads out text is also getting some improvements.

After having signed up, go to your Settings on your Windows devices.

For you, it means that the Administrator account will deactivate if it has been previously activated.

The report also claims that more than 700 million devices now run on Windows 10.

If you recently picked up a new Windows 10 device or performed a clean install of the OS, you were probably greeted by Cortana during the setup experience. That will likely now continue to be the trend, with Windows 10 steadily growing its share as more users upgrade away from Windows 7 through buying new hardware. The initial sign-in will use SMS, and it will then prompt you to configure biometric or PIN authentication. If you think you hit this bug, you can type "winver" in the search box on your taskbar to double-check your build number.

The company has also added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointer settings, taking the total number of sizes to 15.

According to Net Market Share, however, all that changed in December when Windows 10's worldwide market share jumped 1.08 percent to 39.22 percent, while Windows 7's declined by 1.99 percent to 36.90 percent. Businesses and enterprises will have the option to pay for Extended Security Updates, but OS security updates for Windows 7 will cease for everyone else on January 14, 2020.

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