If you’re already using Microsoft’s new Edge browser as well as the Microsoft Authenticator app on iOS and Android, the software giant is going to make your digital life a little bit easier. Today, the company announced its plans to roll out autofill capabilities across devices and platforms, and help users sync their passwords across the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and mobile devices.
Microsoft Autofill uses your personal Microsoft account to store your passwords in the cloud, and all the passwords you've already saved in the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge will now sync with the Microsoft Authenticator app on iOS and Android. This feature is still rolling out, but it will appear as a dedicated Passwords tab in the app’s bottom navigation bar.
"The experience to autofill passwords is intuitive and fits nicely into your login flow. When you visit a site or app for which you’ve saved a password, Authenticator offers to autofill it,” explained Vishnu Nath, Partner Director of Program Management, Microsoft Mobile and X-Device Experiences at Microsoft." Auto filling passwords on sites or apps will require biometric or PIN input, and all passwords saved in your Microsoft account and the Microsoft Authenticator app are also encrypted.
The Microsoft Authenticator app on iOS and Android also will also let users import passwords from Google Chrome, popular password managers, and even CSV files. For Chrome users, Microsoft has also released a Microsoft Autofill extension on the Chrome Web Store, which will make it easy for users to access all their passwords saved in their Microsoft account.
"While this release enables autofill for passwords, we’re also actively working on securely bringing all your autofill information from Microsoft Edge to your mobile devices via the Authenticator app, including payment info, addresses and more," Vishnu Nath said today. If you have yet to download the Microsoft Authenticator app, you can do so with the links below.