At its conference named “Build developers” earlier in 2017, Microsoft, the technology major, disclosed its plans of creating iPhones and Android smartphones that will work better with Windows PCs. And with new Windows 10 Insider Preview build, those aims appear to be coming closer to achieve and turn out to be a reality.
The latest Windows 10 16251 Insider Preview build comprises the functionality of cross device browsing between Windows 10 PCs and Android smartphones, permitting people to connect both devices.
As far as the question remains of iPhones, Microsoft has claimed in an authorized blog post that the feature is coming soon for them. On the other hand, there is not a predetermined date for the feature of being launched.
To get commenced with the feature, consumers need to install the latest build on their PCs and then go to Settings. Once entered in the Settings, click Phone to connect their handset. This will make sure that sessions from the Android handset can be carried on only on the particular PCs. Once consumers add their smartphone to connect it to the PC, they will get an SMS instructing them to install “Microsoft Apps”, a test app. This can be then utilized to conclude the connection process between the PC and the phone, setting up cross device browsing.
The new features of cross device comprise the capability of sharing a connection directly to a Windows 10 PC from an Android smartphone. It is said that in the coming period, Microsoft will also allow apps straightly share content from and to PCs, and the feature of pasting and copying content from a general keyboard will be allowed as well.
Apart from these features, Microsoft is improving Cortana in the upcoming build as well. Consumers will be allowed to view results of web search inside the digital assistant, without the need to open the browser. This feature will work with stock prices, movies, flight status, weather, and more.
In addition to this, Cortana will back voice commands such as “Hey Cortana, lock PC,” or “Hey Cortana, sign out.” On the other hand, for most of these commands, Cortana may request consumer for a conformation.