The Bitwarden roadmap for 2022 has been updated, the company plans to implement some interesting features in its password manager.
Bitwarden will add support for passwordless login
One of the upcoming features that we can expect from Bitwarden is passwordless login. It’s probably not what you think, it’s not for websites. This option will allow you to approve a connection to your Bitwarden vault on a new device from an existing device. Here is an example given by a Bitwarden employee, passwordless login can be used to login to your browser extension by confirming it from your mobile phone.
Auto-Complete/Auto-Complete for desktop applications
Autofill is probably one of the most popular features of a password manager. But this is usually limited to web browsers, due to the integration between browsers and the password manager application. Bitwarden wants to add support for Auto-type/Autofill to connect to other desktop apps.
Bitwarden Roadmap 2022
According to the roadmap that was published on its site, these features will make their way into the password manager during the 2nd semester.
Bitwarden wants to introduce additional item types that users can add to the vault. Vault item labels are a tool that can help users organize their content. Although it looks like beacons, it will actually be a replacement for vault folders. Sharing vault items will allow users to send items they have in their vault to other users.
Improved localization will provide a more efficient way for translators working in different languages. Bitwarden will get a notification center, although it’s unclear what it will do, maybe it could provide alerts for failed login attempts? Users will be able to gift Bitwarden premium subscriptions to others, and a referral system is coming.
The company will also update its desktop apps with new features. The main problem with the password manager is that it’s unusable offline unless you’re already logged into your account, but even that has some restrictions. That might change, as Bitwarden will include support for offline editing, which sounds good.
Not all of these features will be available to everyone. Passwordless login options, additional item types, and vault item tags will be available for free users, while the rest are heading to the premium tier.
You can watch the Bitwarden Vault Hours video on Crowdcast for more details (requires email). The roadmap is discussed from minute 29 to minute 35 in the video.
Bitwarden overlay pop-up interface
The overlay pop-up interface is among the most discussed topics on the Bitwarden community forums. Bitwarden’s CCO, Gary Ornstein, has confirmed (around the 26th minute of the video) that the developers are working on improving the password manager overlay pop-up interface. He explained that there are limits to what a browser extension can do and that injecting a pop-up interface overlay into a web page is not a standard implementation on the web. A new style might confuse the user, which is why the company wants to take it slow and focus on the standard used by competitors.
I think the offline edition should be made available to all users, and I hope Bitwarden improves the Windows Store version, it doesn’t support browser integration, that’s why I’m using the standard version.
Which of these features do you like the most?