The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.2 – Windows Web Sign in and Passwordless

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Hi folks - welcome to the second post in the holiday '23 series.


Today's post is about a capability that came to preview long ago but recently surprised much of the world and moved to General Availability (GA).


This allows you to sign-in to a Windows PC itself via the familiar web sign in form/pop-up dialog box:



With this sign-in method, you certainly can use your password but passwords are so ‘yesterday’ …  Let’s go passwordless and use MS Authenticator - which can be a form of ‘multi-factor’ sign in.

  • IMPORTANT: This sign in method is called ‘web sign in’ – if there is no ‘web,’ then there is no sign in (i.e. offline sign ins won’t work; there will be no cached credential locally for this sign in method).

Here are the high-level steps and a little animation of the experience on Windows 11 + MS Authenticator on iOS. 

  • From the PC:
    1. Select the ‘Sign in options’ link and select the ‘globe’ (web sign in)
    2. Select the ‘Sign in’ button
    3. Select ‘Send notification’ from the web pop-up
  • From the phone
    1. You’ll be prompted to complete the MFA and passwordless sign-in via MS Authenticator (in my case, enter the number match + Touch ID)
    2. You’ll arrive on the desktop, signed in…

phone - web sign in - short.gif


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Cheers - See you tomorrow!



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