Microsoft is creating a new password manager that syncs credentials to its Edge browser, Google Chrome and mobile iOS or Android devices. A preview version of Password Manager is now built into Microsoft Authenticator, a free mobile app that is used for multi-factor authentication. Like many other password managers, it can autofill passwords into applications or websites on iOS or Android.
The password is synced to the Microsoft Edge browser, and can be shared across multiple devices using a Microsoft account. You can also sync these passwords to Google Chrome using the new Microsoft Autofill extension. This will sync any password stored on your Microsoft account.
Rumors suggested that Microsoft would create a full password manager for its Microsoft 365 consumer service, but this is the next best thing. The autofill feature will be useful for Microsoft account users working across multiple accounts, but a full password manager such as 1Password or LastPass is still 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 works only with consumer Microsoft accounts and is disabled for enterprise users who are using the app for phone sign or multi-factor authentication. Businesses need to join a permission list to enable this for enterprise Microsoft Authenticator users.