Debut of Windows Hello fingerprint sensors chases HP Elite x3 launch
It’s a little disconcerting that we might be seeing Windows Hello finally working with fingerprint sensors right around the time when Windows 10 Mobile’s first product with a fingerprint sensor is scheduled to launch. Of course, Microsoft has had some nastier spills, but when you’re talking about a monster the HP Elite x3, you’d wish these things came together a little more in advance.
But, according to a presentation at a Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) obtained by the /r/windowsphone subreddit, fingerprint reader support is coming for Windows Hello on Windows 10 Mobile during “Summer 2016”. Microsoft wants to see more touch sensors than swipe sensors from OEMs and some heavy spoof-proofing to boot.
The Elite x3, tailored for the enterprise sector (hint hint: probably would like the fingerprint sensor working when it launches), should be out in this very same summer. While devs will be chasing that launch date, they don’t need to start from scratch — the x86 driver can be recompiled for ARM chips.
Fingerprint support has been on the PC side since Windows 7.