The company behind the popular online password manager LastPass has just released the LastPass app for Windows 8. News have not been posted yet on the LastPass website but from what I can tell, it makes available the core features of the password manager under Windows 8.
First question that may come to your mind is why anyone would want to run a password manager app. That's certainly a valid question, especially if you are running a x86 version of Windows 8 where LastPass can easily be integrated into web browsers such as Firefox or Google Chrome.
Windows RT owners on the other hand can't at the moment, as both apps are not offered in the Windows Store. But there is another reason. LastPass not only makes available passwords and log in information, but also notes that are secured in the vault. Plus, users can synchronize their existing data with the app so that it is always up to date.
As far as features go, the LastPass app for Windows 8 provides access to all saved user account information of the vault. If the url is configured correctly, you can launch websites from here that open in the default web browser.
You also get full access to the managers notes functionality. Here you can access previously created notes, edit notes or create new notes.
LastPass taps into Internet Explorer on Windows 8 and displays a small icon on the top right that you can click on to save log in information, fill out username and password on sites, or do the same for form data.
You can alternatively copy the username or password from the vault directly, which is helpful if you need to enter it in another location.
The developers have integrated the app into search, so that you can open up the Charms Bar to quickly find login information matching a phrase that you enter this way.
The app supports two-factor authentication if that is enabled. It threw an error message whenever I logged in to a new account, but that had no effect on the app's functionality itself.
LastPass for Windows 8 requires an active Internet connection. It certainly has its appeal to Windows RT users who either are using LastPass already, or want to store notes and other data securely on the system. Classic Windows 8 users on the other hand have better options, including a LastPass browser extension or the desktop password manager KeePass. (via IntoWindows)
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