Sign of the times: Microsoft account sign-in process undergoes changes

The Microsoft account sign-in procedure has changed. Now, instead of having to remember a password when you sign in to all your different devices, you can simply enter your username and then authenticate the login on your main device.

Microsoft recently shared more about the change in a blog post. Here’s some more information about the update.

How to use the new Microsoft account sign-in

Microsoft account sign-in

Before actually accessing the new sign-in process, you’ll have to install and use Microsoft Authenticator for your personal account. The app is free and is available for Android and iOS devices. Then, from the dropdown menu on your home screen, simply enable phone sign-in. You’ll receive a prompt on your phone to complete the sign-up process.

With phone sign-in, we’re shifting the security burden from your memory to your device. — Alex Simons, Microsoft Identity Division

Once you’ve done that, the next time you go to sign into your Microsoft account on a new device, you can simply enter your username. And instead of having to remember a password with uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, and whatever else, you’ll just receive a prompt on your phone to allow the new sign-in. Once you approve it, using either a fingerprint or pin that you set up, you’ll be able to access your account on that device.

What the new sign-in means for IT pros

For IT pros, the new sign-in process can make accessing Microsoft accounts easier on both a personal and professional level.

Of course, you can use it to access your own account on multiple devices. But you can also help others in your organization use the new process instead of having to constantly retrieve or update passwords in order to sign in. This can save you significant time over the long run.

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