Microsoft is developing a new password manager that syncs credentials across its Edge browser, Google Chrome, and iOS or Android mobile devices. A preview version of the password manager is now integrated with Microsoft Authenticator, a free mobile application used for multi-factor authentication. Like many other password managers, it can auto-fill passwords in apps or websites on iOS or Android.
Passwords are synced from the Microsoft Edge browser and can be shared across multiple devices using a Microsoft account. You can also sync these passwords with Google Chrome, using a new Microsoft Autofill extension. This will sync all passwords stored on your Microsoft account.
Rumors had suggested that Microsoft would create a full-featured password manager for its Microsoft 365 consumer service, but that seems like the right thing to do. The autofill feature will be useful for Microsoft account users working across multiple devices, but a full-featured password manager like 1Password or LastPass is always a good option.
This new autofill feature is available as a preview in Microsoft Authenticator today, and you’ll need to enable it as the default autofill provider in your device’s iOS or Android settings. Autofill only works with consumer Microsoft accounts and is disabled for corporate users who use the app for phone sign-in or multi-factor authentication. Businesses must join an authorization list to enable it for corporate Microsoft Authenticator users.