Vole has thought that it would be much more secure if every time a user steps away from their machine, Windows 10 senses this and goes into lock down automatically.
The feature is labelled as Dynamic Lock and has started appearing in recent test builds of Windows 10. Vole has dubbed the software “Windows Goodbye” internally which might be a prediction more than a label.
Vole uses special Windows Hello cameras to let Windows 10 users log into a PC with just their face and big corporates want employees to use the winkey+L combination to lock machines when they’re idle.
The new feature will make it an automatic process and it is not clear how Microsoft detect inactivity, but it’s possible the company could use Windows Hello-compatible machines or detect idle activity and lock the machine accordingly.
Windows can already be configured to do this after a set time period, but Vole is streamlining this feature into a simple setting for anyone to enable. Microsoft is planning to deliver Dynamic Lock as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, expected to arrive in April.
It might work in a corporate world although logging on and off each time you go to the loo is going get annoying quick. Supervisors often must get up for a moment to help their employees, logging on and off each time they do that is going to force them to lob their PC through the window. But home users are up and about all the time.
To be fair all this will be redundant when the computer starts to recognise who you are and switches back on automatically. That tech is already there with Windows Hello.