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Windows 8 Picture-Password Ad Indicates Value of Touch Technology

Updated on November 16, 2013
The password-protect option is a new way to securely sign on to Windows 8.
The password-protect option is a new way to securely sign on to Windows 8. | Source

While watching the World Series on television, viewers were treated to a new Microsoft ad. The advertisement gives a demonstration of the picture-password option for Windows 8. If you weren't reaching for a chicken wing at the time, you may have noticed the ad explains the new operating system offers a touch-screen sign-in option to rival traditional text passwords. Microsoft's picture-password option emphasizes the value of touch technology.

What Is Picture-Password?

Picture-password is a new way for PC and tablet users to sign into Windows 8. While you still have the text password and PIN options, Microsoft introduces the new security option for its operating system. The sign-in process is a visual one as it centers on a specific image.

To use the feature, you need to upload an image to your Pictures folder on the operating system. You then need to create unique circles, lines, or taps on any three areas of the picture, according to CNet. When you log in, you need to recreate those three movements in order to be able to sign in. Security is in the uniqueness of the markings.

Rather than having to remember a series of letters and numbers, you now only have to remember what part of the family photo you circled or added a line. The assumption is that the touching gestures are easier for users to remember than text and more fun to perform as well.

Microsoft Ad Example

Window 8 is more interactive with touchscreen.
Window 8 is more interactive with touchscreen. | Source

Touch Technology

The picture-password feature is unique to Windows 8. When you transition from Windows 7, XP, or Vista, you now have another security option. You can still use a text password if you prefer.

The ad, and launch of the visual security feature by powerhouse Microsoft, illustrates that touch technology is the wave of the future. While you can use picture-password with a mouse, the sign-in process is more difficult than with a touch-screen laptop or tablet.

If you want to use the gestures approach to sign in to the operating system on your laptop, but do not currently have touch-screen, you can upgrade the computer. Simply buy an add-on frame that responds to touch and attach it to your laptop screen. Buy an installation kit with the touch-screen to attach it yourself, saving money in the process, as you will not need to hire a professional.

Windows 8 as a whole is easier to navigate with touch-screen. While mouse users can carefully edge around Webpages, the process of using the operating system is more tedious than with touch capabilities.

The Future of Touch Technology

Touch technology is likely to become more popular, given the endorsement by Microsoft for password-protect. All new desktop, laptops, and tablets will have Windows 8 pre-installed. As more users begin to use Window 8, they likely will gravitate toward touch features that include the sign-in option. The recent ad during the World Series will draw more attention to the operating system and likely make more users curious about touch-screen technology.


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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe Ken, it may take you a while to get used to the new format. All good things come in time :) Thanks for the comment and glad it interests you!

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      KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Awesome writeup and I didn't know about the picture password feature! I've just received a win 8 laptop. Other than having the metro interface and the touch screen capability, I just couldn't find any different that win 8 has compare to the prior version. Maybe I'm not "so amazed" yet. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi teaches, yes it's amazing what technology has for us these days! As for security, the three gestures have to specifically match the original three the user did for the specific photo upon creating the picture-password. Security is in theory quite high. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I like the option to use touch screen in working within the computer, not sure about the sign in option. Security is a concern, but perhaps they have listed this in their instructions. What a great invention!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks everyone for the great comments and compliments! Glad to share new info about technology with you all and love the enthusiasm!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I for one am waiting for my new all-in-one computer to arrive, then i will be going to Staples to get my copy of Windows 8! Great reviews, Island Girl!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting ,plus useful Christy and one for me to save.

      Thanks for sharing.


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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      I am always forgetting passwords so the picture password maybe helpful. Thank so much for the information. As always you do an excellent job of writing informative hub articles.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is awesome Christy, thanks for keeping us so up to date! ^

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I am getting windows 8 installed...This stuff makes me pretty crazy. I need to read it again and will get something out of it. It is not do a fabulous job with these helpful computer hubs.. I have all of them bookmarked and I am really trying to improve my understanding. Thanks for this hub, voting up and will share.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Christy. Very neat. Had not heard about this. What will they think of next.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Really cool stuff, Christy! Way too complicated for this boy, but nonetheless, very interesting.