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New Windows 10 preview makes useful security and accessibility tweaks

New Windows 10 preview makes useful security and accessibility tweaks

Among other feature improvements, today's update further pushes password-less accounts and removes Cortana voice-over when you are trying to clean install Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions.

Yeah, with hindsight (or indeed any kind of foresight), Microsoft should probably have never enabled this feature for the professional versions of Windows 10 in the first place.

The point here is that Microsoft really needs to learn to streamline the Windows 10 setup experience going forward. Windows 8.1 has a share of 4.51 percent in December 2018, while Windows XP is still used by 4.54 percent of users. Not by a massive margin, admittedly - which is nearly certainly because you hate it so much- but the graph's only trending one way now, in flagrant ignorance of how much you hate Windows 10.

While SMS-based authentication has security issues of its own, Microsoft seems to feel that it's a better bet for most home users than a likely insecure password.

"If you have a Microsoft account with your phone number, you can use an SMS code to sign in, and set up your account on Windows 10", Microsoft's Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc explained in a blog post.

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But how do you protect your account without a password? Microsoft already confirmed a year ago that its Windows 10 OS version has been installed on 700 million devices including PCs, Xbox, tablets and phones. The feature does let you set everything up with your voice, but honestly, it's just a lot easier to do everything manually.

After having signed up, go to your Settings on your Windows devices.

Here's how it works: You can now create a Microsoft account without a password.

Moral of the story: Windows 10's setup experience is inconvenient and incomplete. For now, you'll need to use the command line if you want to see them. This same issue is suspected to also be the root cause resulting in some Insiders finding Start would reset back to default in the previous build.

The company has also added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointer settings, taking the total number of sizes to 15. According to the analysis of the provider Net Applications it replaces the longtime leader Windows 7. It now accounts for 39.22% of usage compared to 36.9% for Windows 7.