Facial recognition technology has gained significant attention in recent years due to its applications in security, convenience, and personalisation. Microsoft 365 (M365) offers several features and services that leverage facial recognition for various purposes. Today, we’ll explore the use of facial recognition in M365 and run through some associated devices.

Facial Recognition in M365

Windows Hello:

  • Windows Hello is a biometric authentication feature in Windows 10 and later versions. It allows users to log in using facial recognition, fingerprint, or PIN.
  • Facial recognition in Windows Hello uses an infrared camera to create a 3D map of the user’s face, making it secure and accurate.
  • Users can set up Windows Hello in the Settings app under “Accounts” > “Sign-in options.”

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD):

  • Azure AD supports facial recognition for multi-factor authentication (MFA).
  • Organizations can enable MFA with facial recognition as an additional layer of security for accessing Azure AD-connected services.

Microsoft Teams:

  • Teams Rooms devices (such as Microsoft Surface Hub) use facial recognition to identify meeting participants.

The system can automatically focus on the active speaker based on facial cues.

SharePoint and OneDrive:

  • M365 services like SharePoint and OneDrive allow users to tag faces in photos.
  • The system learns from these tags and can suggest names when users upload new photos.

Associated Devices


Surface Pro and Surface Laptop devices come with Windows Hello cameras, enabling facial recognition for login.

  • Users can set up Windows Hello during device setup.


Certified Cameras

  • 3rd party add on devices to existing PC’s and laptops, such as JPL Vision Access and Yealink UVC30 devices
  • Cost effective method to add additional security to existing estates.

Surface Hub:

  • Surface Hub devices use facial recognition to personalize the experience for different users.
  • It recognizes authorized users and provides access to their content and settings.

Microsoft Teams Rooms Devices:

  • Teams Rooms devices, commonly used in conference rooms, use facial recognition to identify meeting participants.
  • The system can adjust camera angles and focus based on the detected faces.

What to Think About

While facial recognition offers convenience and security, it also raises privacy concerns. You  should consider the following:

  • Consent: Obtain user consent before using facial recognition.
  • Data Protection: Ensure compliance with data protection regulations (e.g., GDPR).
  • Transparency: Clearly communicate how facial data is used and stored.


Facial recognition software in M365 enhances security, productivity, and user experience. By understanding its capabilities and associated devices, you can make informed decisions about implementing this technology.

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