Microsoft news recap: pushes for coordinated response to SolarWinds attack, push for passwordless access in 2021, and more

Jack Wilkinson

Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Microsoft wants passwordless access to become the new normal in 2021

A Microsoft exec has called for 2021 to be the year of ‘passwordless access’, where passwords are not required to login to accounts, instead making using of tools such as Windows Hello, Microsoft Authenticator, and FIDO2 security keys.

Windows Hello Surface

Microsoft Flight Simulator crosses over 2 million PC players since launch

Released on PC in August, Microsoft Flight Simulator has crossed the 2 million players mark. It is officially the fastest growing entry in the series, and is the largest launch on Xbox Game Pass for PC history.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Numbers December 2020

Microsoft Authenticator for iOS and Android gets new autofill passwords feature in preview

The new password autofill feature for Microsoft Authenticator is now in preview across iOS and Android.

Microsoft Authenticator Ios New Autofill Experience

Microsoft pushes for coordinated response to SolarWinds cyber attack as 40 of its customers fall victim

Following the large-scale SolarWinds cyberattack, Microsoft is now calling for a coordinated response to the attack. The company has identified that 40 of its customers were affected by the attack through third-party IT management programs.

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That’s it for this week. We will be back next week with more Microsoft news.