Redmond-powered mobes don’t deserve latest sign-in tool
That’s great news because it should thwart the vast majority of attempts by hackers to hijack people’s accounts. The bad news: it doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows Phone because too few people use the operating system for Redmond to bother supporting it.
Microsoft customers, it’s official: Microsoft thinks you don’t deserve the latest convenient security tools because there are too few of you. (Luckily, there are still other ways to secure your online Microsoft accounts, such as using one-time codes texted to your phone.)
The software giant this week rolled out the latest version of Microsoft Authenticator for iOS and Android, which can approve or block attempts to sign into one’s Microsoft online accounts. The moneybags tech goliath believes this feature will prove easier to use than conventional two-factor authentication because it will not require entering a password and code – the user can simply approve the sign-on directly from their handset.
Microsoft manager Alex Simons explained the reasoning:
When asked why Windows Phone wouldn’t be included in the general availability rollout, Simons said what most mobile developers have said, but Redmond has so far not wanted to admit: Windows Phone doesn’t matter.
“Windows Phone makes up less than five per cent of the active users of our Authenticator Apps, so we have prioritized getting this working with iOS and Android for now,” Simons conceded.
“If or when it becomes a big success on those high-scale platforms, we will evaluate adding support for Windows Phone.”
This is, of course, very true. Windows Phone is, at this point, basically a rounding error in the mobile operating system world, but it is one that Microsoft continues to pour its time and money into. Having an in-house manager admit it’s not even worth coding for is a rather bad look for that effort.
One punter, commenting on Simons’ announcement, wrote:
Meanwhile, a bloke called Scott hit the nail on the head:
The woe continued with another annoyed customer chiming in:
Hopefully the mobile Windows team won’t run up the bill too high later this month when Simons has to take them out for dinner to atone. ®