Microsoft will launch its own Windows 10 authenticator this week to let users sign in with their existing credentials and use Cortana to sign in to apps and websites.
Windows 10 authenticators are already available for Android and iOS, but Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will launch with its own version of its authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator for Windows 10, which is designed to be used on Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
Microsoft has previously said that Windows 11 will allow Windows 10 users to run an authenticator on their existing Windows accounts, which means that those who have previously used the Windows 10 Windows 10 Mobile operating system will be able to take advantage of Microsoft Authentator for Windows 7 and 8 devices.
The Microsoft Authentifier for Windows 11 version of Windows 10 for Windows RT devices, however, does not support authenticators for other devices such as Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PS4, as Microsoft has previously announced.
Microsoft Authenticator, which has been available for download for more than three years, has been widely praised for its ease of use, security, and compatibility with the Windows operating system, although some users have complained that the app does not protect the security of their accounts.
Microsoft confirmed to Al Jazeera that the Windows Authenticator app for Windows PCs, Xbox consoles, and the Xbox One will be available for pre-purchase on September 23, but it has not announced pricing.
Microsoft said in a blog post that Windows users will be notified on September 26 of when the app will be ready for purchase.
Users will be required to purchase the app, which comes pre-installed on their Windows 10 PC or Windows 10 tablet, and will be asked to log into their Microsoft account with a Microsoft account before using it.
Users will also be asked for the password to sign into their account.
Once the app is downloaded and installed, the app can be used to sign up for Cortana to let them use Microsoft’s official Windows 10 apps, Cortana for Windows Mobile, or Microsoft Authenticators for Windows.
Users can also add Microsoft Authentators for Windows to their existing account on any Windows 10 device, which Microsoft has also said will be supported.
Microsoft says it is also working with third-party developers to create Windows 10 applications that support Microsoft Authentiants for Windows devices, although those developers are still waiting to receive the necessary permissions from Microsoft to create and release their applications.
The app will launch in September for Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox, and Xbox 360.
Microsoft is also releasing a preview of the Windows 8.1 authenticator for Xbox, which it is working on for the Windows platform.
Microsoft is also adding Cortana to the Windows Store for the first time, which will let users search for and download apps, games, and content from Microsoft’s online store, which was launched last year.
The Windows Store is currently the only place Microsoft can offer its own apps, and Microsoft has not said when it plans to launch its app store for Windows apps.
Microsoft and Microsoft Authentiant for Windows are expected to launch the Windows app on September 24, according to a Microsoft blog post.