While Android-based smartphone makers offer support for fingerprint sensor even in low-end phones, Microsoft’s high-end devices lack this feature until now, which is a huge setback to the Windows phones. Though it offers iris recognition with Windows Hello, it is not that convenient as the fingerprint sensor. In order to take over other mobile platforms, Microsoft is planning to bring support for fingerprint authentication in the next update.
Microsoft will be bringing support for fingerprint scanner with the Windows 10 Anniversary update for desktop and mobile. The update is expected to roll out later this summer. The company announced at its WinHEC conference that support for fingerprint reader will be released in the next update. However, fingerprint scanner has to be integrated with Windows Hello functionality to make it work.
HP’s Elite x3 will be the first Windows phone to arrive with a fingerprint scanner, which also doubles as a laptop. “Of course, that software feature will need hardware to support it. HP’s Elite X3 a phone that doubles as a laptop has a fingerprint scanner but we’ll have to wait and see if other device makers adopt the Windows Hello tool. Microsoft says while some OEMs have experience with fingerprint components from FPC and Synaptics, using scanners from other companies may take a bit more effort to work alongside Windows 10,” the report points out.
Besides support for a fingerprint sensor, the Windows 10 Anniversary update is expected to come with a host of new features for desktop as well as mobile along with critical bug fixes.