Microsoft previously said that its Authenticator app will get new features including autocomplete for passwords. We are now getting more details on how this will work. The good news for those who use Google Chrome and Microsoft apps is that we are getting an autocomplete extension, so you will still be able to save and sync passwords across all devices by saving them to your Microsoft account. This feature makes it easy to store strong passwords, especially if you have many online accounts and log in to many websites.
Basically the auto-fill feature will store all the passwords in your Microsoft account via the Authenticator app. When you open the app, go to the Passwords tab and sign in with your Microsoft account. If you already have passwords previously saved there, it will sync with the app. When you enter your password on an app or website login page, an Authenticator message will appear if you want to save it and then it will sync with your account. Then when you log in again, it will offer to complete it automatically.
For cross-browser users you now get an AutoComplete extension from Microsoft for Google Chrome. It will allow you to auto-fill and save your passwords to your Microsoft account even when you’re using Chrome to browse, so all your passwords can still be synced across your mobile devices and into your Microsoft Edge and Chrome accounts. The extension can be found in the Chrome Web Store. Of course, you will be asked to sign in to your Microsoft account for this to work.
The Authenticator app will also have an Import feature so you can easily bring in your saved passwords from Chrome or some of the password managers available on the market. You can also import CSV files in case you have saved the passwords in that format. And in case you are concerned about the security of your passwords, Microsoft Authenticator has strong multi-factor authentication in addition to your Microsoft account password.
Microsoft says they are working to bring in other autocomplete information like payment information, addresses, etc. to Microsoft Edge on your mobile devices, also through the Authenticator app. We will probably hear more updates in the coming months.