It's certainly a deliberate feature, and could be useful when troubleshooting.. I guess that Microsoft believe that their users are more sensible than to use it whilst someone is watching. Those that aren't probably have their passwords written on a sticky attached to the monitor.
Also useful for sites that have bizarre password policies. I recently opened an account with Newcastle BS and they insist the first time you log in you enter your password in all upper case and subsequently it will be case sensitive. So I have to jump through the hoop of copying the password from my password manager into notepad, change all the lower case letters to upper case and paste the result into Chrome. If you had the option to see the password in the password box it would be fewer steps. Of course not having stupid password rules in the first place would be even better!
GeoffB (fountain of knowledge)
Sat 20-Apr-13 08:50:59
I agree that it is useful for savvy users, but what amazed me was that it seems work on highly sensitive financial sites too. I logged on to one of my credit card's web page and it offered to let me see my passcode. Not good!
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