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Although the app is available on all three major
platforms i.e. iOS , Android and Windows, Microsoft has given more weightage in
getting the new feature work with Android and iOS as of now. A few people have
asked if this works with Windows Phone version Microsoft Authenticator.
Alex Simons, director of program management, Microsoft
Identity Division in a blog post stated that, “Windows Phone makes up less than
5 percent of the total active users of the Authenticator Apps so we have
prioritized getting this working with iOS and Android for now. When it will
become a popular hit on those high scale platforms, we will move forward in adding
support for Windows Phone”
While logging in, once the user puts his/her user ID,
they get a prompt on their connected handsets to 'Approve' the log-in. Once
approved, the user automatically gets signed in without typing in their
passwords. But yes, the user will have to enter his user name.
"This process is easier than normal two-step
verification and remarkably more secure than only a password, which can be,
phished, forgotten or compromised," said Simons. It has also been declared
that users can choose to enter the password if in case the phone is not around.
After this feature update, Microsoft has started rolling
out its Outlook Groups feature to Mac, iOS, and Android OS versions. The
application will be used to easily collaborate between groups inside the
Outlook mailing service. Users can view their group lists, read and reply to
group conversations, view unread messages sent to groups and much more.
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