Biometric Framework Overview
For versions of Windows prior to Windows 7, Microsoft did not provide an application programming interface (API) that developers could use to create biometric solutions. All solutions therefore used proprietary technology, leading to inconsistent user experiences and management interfaces between different biometric devices.
Beginning with Windows 7, native support for fingerprint biometric devices has been incorporated to provide:
- Improved quality and reliability of fingerprint biometric drivers.
- A consistent management interface and more consistent user experience.
- A common development platform and application programming interfaces.
- Improved manageability and serviceability of fingerprint biometric devices.
To deliver on these goals, the Windows Biometric Framework incorporates the following:
- Core platform components, including a driver interface definition and a client API.
- Components that provide a consistent user experience and support core logon and User Account Control (UAC) scenarios.
- Management interface components that allow users and administrators configure the biometric service and biometric devices.
- Multiple distribution channels for device drivers and biometric software.
For more information, see the following topics:
The core platform of the Windows Biometric Framework consists of the following components: Windows Biometric Driver Interface, Windows Biometric Service, and the Windows Biometric Framework API.
Fingerprint biometric devices that are consistent with the user experience for other devices provided throughout Windows.
The Biometric Device Control Panel and Group Policy.
Channels by which components and drivers can be distributed.