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Windows 10 Mobile to finally support fingerprint scanners

Microsoft Lumia 950-14

Microsoft will finally bring support for fingerprint scanners to Windows 10 Mobile this summer, the company confirmed at the WinHEC conference. The move should mean we’ll see Windows smartphones with this technology before the end of 2016.

Microsoft has been slow to adopt fingerprint recognition technology, choosing instead to focus on facial recognition and iris scanners, which can be found in the latest Windows phones. But now the company is playing catch-up.

According to MSPowerUser, Microsoft confirmed at the WinHEC conference this week that it will rollout a Windows 10 Mobile update this summer adding fingerprint scanner compatibility. Fans will be hoping a new Lumia quickly follows.

The feature will become a part of Windows Hello, a new feature with Windows 10 that lets users login to Windows devices using biometrics. The feature already supports facial recognition on compatible PCs, and iris scanners on the latest Lumia smartphones.

After Apple adopted fingerprint scanners with Touch ID back in 2014, other manufacturers have quickly done the same, including Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, and OnePlus. Microsoft has also used fingerprint scanners in devices like the Surface, but not its phones — yet.


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