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In an indication of exactly how small a share of the market Windows Phone has, Microsoft itself has not bothered to support the platform on its new Authenticator app.

Instead, the Redmond software behemoth has created versions that work on iOS and Android phones.

Once a password is entered into Authenticator, it removes the need for entering the same again when using a Microsoft account on another site.

One can enter one's username when signing in somewhere new and then a notification is sent to the phone of the user, with an Approve button. Once this is pressed, the user can gain entry.

But this does not work for Windows Phone because Microsoft deems the market share of its own mobile to be so low that the effort is not worth its while.

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Explaining why, Microsoft's Alex Simons wrote: "A few people have asked if this works with (the) Windows Phone version (of) Microsoft Authenticator.

"Windows Phone makes up less than 5% of the active users of our Authenticator Apps so we have prioritised getting this working with iOS and Android for now.

"If/When it becomes a big success on those high-scale platforms, we will evaluate adding support for Windows Phone."

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