The three companies jointly announced that they have committed to building support for all the mobile, browser, and desktop platforms that they control in the coming twelve months. This means that passwordless authentication will come to iOS and Android mobile operating systems, Chrome, Edge and Safari browsers, and Windows and macOS desktop environments.
The FIDO Alliance announced that it won’t be long before users will be able to use a fingerprint reader, face scanner or even a mobile phone instead of passwords to conduct online business securely.
“Just as we design our products to be intuitive and capable, we also design them to be private and secure,” said Kurt Knight, senior director of platform product marketing at Apple. “Working with the industry to establish new, more secure sign-in methods that offer better protection and eliminate the vulnerabilities of passwords is central to our commitment to building products that offer maximum security and a transparent user experience — all with the goal of keeping users’ personal information safe.”
At Microsoft, Alex Simons, corporate vice president for identity program management, said that tomorrow’s digital products need to be safer and easier to use. "The complete shift to a passwordless world will begin with consumers making it a natural part of their lives," he said in a statement.
FIDO said the three technology leaders will implement over the next year. We’ll likely hear many more details from all three, as each has their annual developer conferences this spring/summer. FIDO is already used by a wide variety of device makers and service providers. With Apple, Google and Microsoft supporting the interoperable standard, it will make a passwordless future much more attainable.