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Windows 10 update expands Phone app screen mirroring compatibility, introduces passwordless login

From the introduction trailer of Microsoft Surface Studio 2. | Photo by Microsoft Surface/YouTube

As many avid tech fans know, Microsoft has started to roll out Windows Insider preview of the Windows 10 20H1 updated that is slated to be fully released in 2020. Microsoft currently seeds its latest version, Build 18936, that can be accessed by those in the Fast ring.

The Windows 10 20H1 update Build 18936 carry new features including the option to log in with credentials other than passwords on Microsoft accounts. Smartphone screen mirroring via the Your Phone app has also become compatible with a wider range of Surface devices. Lastly, there is a new and very quick way to add an event reminder on the Calendar.

Phone screen mirroring compatibility improved

An earlier update, also through the Windows Insider, introduced phone screen mirroring with Windows 10 devices. Now, Microsoft delivered its promise of making it available on more Surface products. With the latest update, the feature in preview should be compatible Surface Laptop, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 6, Surface Book, and Surface Book 2.

Login without password

First off, take note that this option is available on Microsoft accounts. Windows 10 20H1 update Build 18936 does not remove the options to passwords, but it adds a list of other security credentials that can be used. Users can try switching to using a PIN or, if their device permits, fingerprint, and facial recognition via Windows Hello Face.

After installing Windows 10 20H1 update Build 18936, insiders in the Fast ring may try this by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and under the option “Make your device passwordless” choose “On.” Users can also select the same type of login authentication method for all Microsoft accounts. However, note that this feature is initially offered to a smaller group of insiders while others are slated to get it at a later time.

Create ‘Quick Event’ straight from the taskbar

With Windows 10 20H1 update Build 18936, there is no need to open and wait for the entire Calendar app to load just add an event or reminder. A new feature allows users to simply click the date on the taskbar, pick a date, and the option to add an event will be available below.

As mentioned, the Windows 10 20H1 update Build 18936 is available only to those in the Fast ring. This is important because it means, at this level, the preview still quite unstable and a number of bugs will be likely present. The full version of 20H1 is anticipated to be released in spring 2020.

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