Windows Hello

Microsoft Windows Hello, part of Windows 10, gives users a personal, secured experience where the device is authenticated based on their presence. Users can log in with a look or a touch, with no need for a password. In conjunction with Microsoft Passport, biometric authentication uses fingerprints or facial recognition and is more secure, more personal, and more convenient.

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Windows Hello and the Companion Device Framework

Windows Hello works with the Companion Device Framework to enhance the user authentication experience. Using the Windows Hello companion device framework, a companion device can provide a rich experience for Windows Hello even when biometrics are not available (e.g., if the Windows 10 desktop lacks a camera for face authentication or fingerprint reader device, for example).

Windows Hello biometric requirements

Learn about the hardware requirements for biometric equipment, such as IR camera and fingerprint readers in order to support Windows Hello.

Windows Hello face authentication

Microsoft face authentication in Windows 10 is an enterprise-grade identity verification mechanism that's integrated into the Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) as a core Microsoft Windows component called Windows Hello. Windows Hello face authentication utilizes a camera specially configured for near infrared (IR) imaging to authenticate and unlock Windows devices as well as unlock your Microsoft Passport.

Windows Biometric Framework API