Passcodes are the exciting new replacement for passwords, built around the idea of creating strong keys that are stored on your device instead of human-readable passwords. Microsoft is now working on better passkey support in Windows 11.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 is now rolling out to Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel, introducing support for lower-level access keys. As of this build, Windows 11 has its own access key management, which appears to be independent of the browser you’re using. When you create or sign in with passkeys, you’ll have the option to use Windows Hello with a face, fingerprint, or PIN to sign in.
Access keys created and saved through Windows can be managed in the Settings app, by navigating to Accounts > Access Keys. You’ll see all your saved passcodes on your PC on that screen, with the option to find and delete a specific one.
Windows passkey support should be available when visiting sites with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, by selecting “Windows Hello or external security key” in the passkey prompt in the browser. Other Chromium-based browsers are likely to add the same functionality over time.
Browser and operating system manufacturers are still working on interoperability and migration tools for access keys, and this could be a useful piece of the puzzle, especially for people working with multiple browsers on Windows PCs. We’re also starting to see more online accounts that support passcodes as an alternative to passwords, like Google and 1Password.
Source: Windows Blog