No more lost passwords if Microsoft (MSFT) has its way. The company announced plans to build biometric authentication into Windows, using technology acquired from I/O Software. This will eventually allow users to identify themselves based on fingerprints, retina scans, or voiceprints.
The Wall Street Journal covered the story yesterday and several other outlets spread it today, mostly contenting themselves with a few paragraphs based on the press release. MSNBC ran the Journal piece today, including a picture of the cute Sony (SNE) fingerprint reader.
Wired News posted a short article brimming with characteristic attitude, exemplified by this subtle no-friend-of-Microsoft dig: "To help further its biometric vision, the world's biggest self-proclaimed software innovator purchased technology from I/O Software..."
TechWeb said Microsoft announced no timetable for incorporating the new technology, but the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that the company plans to include support in its Windows 2000 software by the summer. - Keith Dawson
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