Windows 8 offers some great log-on options. You can choose to create a local account, but the OS becomes infinitely more useful when you use a Microsoft account. You’ll be able to synchronize all kinds of data and settings across Windows 8 machines, so that when you log in to any other Windows 8 machine with that account, background settings, address book, IE10 history, bookmarks, and passwords, other accounts like Facebook and Twitter, e-mail, and instant messaging will all sync.
App syncing is planned for the Windows Store, too, while the SkyDrive integration can be used for syncing files.
Beyond sync, once you’ve logged on for the first time you can change your log-in to a PIN or a picture log-in. The picture log-in is quite cool, and lets you set a photo as your log-in background. You can then customize a quick series of drawings on the picture, made up of a line, a circle, and a dot, to log you in.
A feature that’s missing is facial-recognition log-ins. The better of these apps have been proven to be resistant to printed photo hacking, and it would extremely useful to have a Webcam recognize your face and log you in without having to physically touch the computer. At least nobody else has this integrated into the operating system yet, but since third parties like KeyLemon and FastAccess have been working on their versions for a while, expect it to arrive in the big players sooner rather than later.