Microsoft's new To-Do app will replace Wunderlist

Camille Francis
April 20, 2017

While Microsoft's login system does let you use the authenticator app to double down on security for a number of sites and services, the Microsoft account can be logged into with smartphone authentication only.

In some cases the app will produce an eight-digit password for the authentication.

"I view this as a big win for the average user: less reliance on just passwords to protect their identity, an easier sign-on experience, and it makes it measurably more hard for a bad actor to compromise an account - even if they have the password".

"Using your phone to sign in with PIN or fingerprint is a seamless way to incorporate two account "proofs" in a way that feels natural and familiar", he added.

Microsoft appears to be targeting both home users and those in business.

Microsoft has introduced a phone sign-in feature that means no more passwords for its accounts.

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Microsoft has today announced the launch of To-Do, following a reported closed beta availability of the app.

Microsoft's Alex Simons writes in the post: "Here in the identity division at Microsoft, we don't like passwords any more than you do!"

There will be options for password usage if your phone isn't with you, which could open up a vector for more traditional hacking. It's part of the Microsoft Authenticator app, and it just might work.

Redmond has a new way to sign into your Microsoft accounts with just your phone-no password necessary. When they try to sign in, a notification will pop up on their phone that they will need to unlock their phone to access, and then tap Approve to sign in.

If you're anxious about Wunderlist, then know that at least for the time being, Wunderlist will continue to exist, though To-Do already has an import feature to bring all your lists over. It is also limited to iOS and Android platforms for now, despite the app being compatible with Windows phones.

Microsoft recently revealed new alternative method for accessing accounts. If/When it becomes a big success on those high scale platforms, we will evaluate adding support for Windows Phone.

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