Windows Hello, Microsoft’s fingerprint, facial recognition and wearable authentication system, is now open to more than just the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.
Microsoft’s Windows Hello Companion Device Framework is now available to third-party manufacturers, which means users will be able to use a wearable to unlock their Windows 10 PC, if the manufacturer opts to support the framework. Wearables will also be capable of authenticating payments in the Windows Store as well as websites via Microsoft Edge.
There’s currently no timeline for the launch of Windows 10’s Companion Device Framework, though it’s expected it will coincide with the release of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary update. Microsoft is also reportedly testing an authenticator app that lets Windows 10 mobile devices unlock PCs.
In order to show off the framework’s technology on stage at Computex in Taipei, a Microsoft representative logged into a Windows computer with the Nymi band.