February 13, 2015

Microsoft Announces FIDO Authentication Support Planned for Windows 10

Mountain View, Calif. – Feb. 13, 2015 – The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance (http://fidoalliance.org/), an industry consortium launched in 2013 to revolutionize online authentication with open standards for simpler, stronger methods, today announced that Microsoft will ship a password replacement solution in Windows 10, and plans to support FIDO authentication. FIDO Alliance board member Microsoft revealed their intentions today, and discussed their plans at the White House Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection summit at Stanford University, where Microsoft and other FIDO Alliance members emphasized the importance of a ubiquitous ecosystem with industry standards. The summit addressed strong authentication among the five featured topics, and FIDO Alliance members presented the ways in which FIDO solutions enable the world to move beyond passwords.

“Moving the world away from passwords is an enormous task, and FIDO will succeed where others have failed,” said Dustin Ingalls, Group Program Manager, Microsoft. “The need and appetite for change has never been greater, and we’re thrilled to be part of this great working group whose members are actively transitioning FIDO solutions from the drawing board to implementations capable of large scale deployment.”

Microsoft has said they are enabling a number of enterprise scenarios to showcase integration of FIDO authentication with Windows 10 sign-in, Azure Active Directory, and major SaaS services. Future plans will showcase FIDO authentication in Windows 10 Active Directory integration for on-premise scenarios and Microsoft Account integration for Microsoft consumer services, such as Outlook.com and OneDrive.

About The FIDO Alliance
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, www.fidoalliance.org, was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authenticationtechnologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance is changing the nature of authentication with standards for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords. FIDO authentication is stronger, private, and easier to use when authenticating to online services.

The FIDO Alliance Board of Directors includes leading global organizations: Alibaba Holdings  (NYSE: BABA); ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and NASDAQ: ARMH); Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC); CrucialTec (KRX: 114120); Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS); Google; IdentityX; Lenovo; MasterCard (NYSE: MA); Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”); Nok Nok Labs, Inc.; NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI);Oberthur Technologies OT; PayPal (NASDAQ:EBAY); Qualcomm, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM); RSA®; Samsung Electronics, Ltd (KOSCOM: SECL); Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA); Visa Inc. (NYSE: V); Yubico.

Media Contact:
Alysia Johnson
for FIDO Alliance
206-999-5580
alysia@fidoalliance.org

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