Jamie Thomson

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Login to Windows using your Lastpass account?

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I have been playing close attention to news around Windows 8 and one of the most notable snippets to come out is that the Metro-ised (is that a word??) version of IE will not allow add-ins. Ostensibly I think this is a good thing but it does mean that Lastpass (which I am a huge fan of) will not work and that bothers me; I have questioned this decision on a Windows 8 forum: Lastpass – how will it work in Win8?

I was placated somewhat by the news that website credentials will roam with our Windows Live ID (a feature that has been known about for some time and was confirmed on a blog post Protecting your digital identity published yesterday on the Building Windows 8 blog) however this is not a 100% replacement for Lastpass because:

  • It will only work on Windows devices and even then only on Windows 8 and beyond
  • Lastpass provides a number of other useful features (e.g. password generation)

Hence I’m in a quandry as to whether I will/should carry on using Lastpass when Windows 8 drops. Interestingly though the following statement has been released on Lastpass’s Product Roadmap:

  • Windows Login Replacement

    LastPass will soon be tightly integrated not only with your browser, but also into your Windows operating system. You’ll be able to sign into your Windows login account using your LastPass master password and once done, be automatically signed into LastPass.

This is very interesting and points to what I speculate could be an unannounced Windows 8 feature – that is, the ability to login to Windows using different identity providersl. After all, if we can login to Windows using our Lastpass credentials, why not with our Facebook or Google credentials too? Up to now the only identity providers that we know for sure that can be used to login to Windows 8 are Windows Live ID and (for enterprises) Active Directory.

  • Could it be that Windows will allow us to use other 3rd party identity providers as well?
  • Will we be able to login to Windows using our Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon or Google accounts?
  • Is this why we are, today, able to associate other identities with our Windows Live ID via https://profile.live.com/Services/ ?

I’m speculating here of course but I’m looking forward to knowing the answers to these questions. Opening up Windows to other identity providers would be very compelling indeed, let’s hope this is what is happening.

@jamiet

UPDATE: On 18th March 2012 I asked Lastpass’s Twitter account if there might be any news:

They replied saying:  

So, it looks like there will be some announcement at some point. Hopefully its not too far away.

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Written by Jamiet

December 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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  1. Nice detective work Jamie!
    Maybe it’s a way of Microsoft pushing the blame away from them if their credentials store gets hacked, i.e. “It is an optional feature, you could have used many other providers”. 😉

    I’d rather trust in Microsoft than LastPass really but whoever we choose it is a lot of fragile eggs to stick in one basket

    Thom McKiernan (@thommck)

    December 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  2. At this point I’d consider giving up Windows before LastPass. Well, IE for sure.

    Brian G.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm


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