Software using biometric devices such as fingerprint or eye scanners will be included in future versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system to beef up online security.
The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant signed a licensing agreement with I/O Software of Riverside, Calif., which has a proven “application programming interface,” or API, that lets fingerprint or eye scanners communicate with operating systems. Such scanners could eventually enhance or replace computer passwords.
Officials at Microsoft would not say when the new software would be available.
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