Microsoft’s decided my password was too long: over 16 characters ?!

I don’t think it was a wise decision to set the character limit for passwords down to 16 characters. Are they worried about the hard-disk space? ..or the speed of processing login requests? How much difference would it make if my password was 30 characters? Are they not keeping hashed (e.g. MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2) versions of passwords.

Anyway, I was surprised!

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