Microsoft dumps the traditional password system

Microsoft Authenticator App Now Supports Phone Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

Microsoft Authenticator App Now Supports Phone Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

It's been nearly two years since Microsoft bought the cross-platform task master Wunderlist, but you wouldn't know it to look at it.

"Groups in Outlook offers huge improvements over traditional distribution lists, with a shared space for group conversations, calendars, files and notebooks, the convenience of self-service membership and much more", stated Microsoft in an April 18 announcement.

In 2015, Microsoft acquired Wunderlist, the team behind the popular scheduling and to-do list app.

Microsoft just unveiled its To-Do Preview, whose early version of a new task management app that works across a wide variety of platforms, including Windows 10, iOS, and Android. In addition to features like phone sign-in, Microsoft has also been exploring biometric security with features like Windows Hello.

As is the case with a growing number of Microsoft applications and services, there's no standalone version of To-Do.

To-Do, which is already available in preview mode, makes it easier for consumers to plan activities and manage a day's scheduled tasks.

Outlook for Windows users can now select multiple conversations and delete them from a group. From To-Do's settings menu you can import tasks directly from Wunderlist or Todoist. And when they feel that they have finally incorporated the best of Wunderlist, they will eventually retire the app. While the name and icon may change, the team that brought you Wunderlist continues on.

Microsoft now is not providing any kind of timeframe as to when Wunderlist will be retired. Some of my contacts said they believed Microsoft did this because Wunderlist wasn't built on Office 365 and didn't use Microsoft technologies under the hood.

The official reason is a bit "softer".

And the list revealed the most common passwords in 2016, and shows that a shocking 17 percent of people have been safeguarding their accounts with '123456'.

Experts, like Tadd Axon, Microsoft Services Practice Lead at the IT consulting firm Softchoice, still believe that passwords aren't going anywhere but think that tools like Microsoft's Authenticator can help limit their usage. And they noted that support for Work accounts would arrive on To-Do on the web in the coming weeks, and gave the timeframe towards the iPad app as the "coming months".

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