Windows 11 preview adds better passkey support, rolls back File Explorer changes

A PC running Windows 11.

Enlarge / A PC running Windows 11. (credit: Microsoft)

This week’s Dev Channel Windows Insider Preview build for Windows 11 adds another handful of useful and/or interesting improvements to the operating system, most notably improved support for the passkey standard that Microsoft, Google, Apple, and others are currently uniting behind.

Though the Microsoft Edge browser has supported passkeys for a while now, this week’s Insider build expands support to “any app or website that supports passkeys,” which can use built-in Windows Hello authentication (either via a PIN, fingerprint reader, or face-scanning camera) to sign you in without requiring a password. You can also view the full list of passkeys that have been created on your device and delete individual passkeys if you no longer want to use them.

If your browser natively supports passkeys and has its own user interface for handling them, you’ll need to select “Windows Hello or external security key” to use the built-in Windows UI instead.

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