The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Fingerprint recognition a first in biometric field for Microsoft "Microsoft is announcing today its first hardware products to use fingerprint recognition, a technology that has made inroads in the office environment but is barely existent for home users.
Three new company products will use fingerprint readers to log on a user to a computer and store passwords used at Web sites. They were developed by Microsoft's hardware group, a small team in Redmond that focuses on mice and keyboards, not software.
In developing the fingerprint readers, Microsoft found users had an average of 15 user-name and password combinations as they navigate the Web. It's not easy to remember all of those, and often users end up taping those passwords to their computer monitor, or storing them on a file on the desktop."