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Cortana Will Sync Your Android Notifications to Windows 10

Ben Stegner 24-06-2016

A big reason to get excited for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features You will love the Windows 10 Anniversary Update! The second big upgrade to Windows 10 since its launch in July 2015 is expected this summer. Here we highlight the most exciting features. Read More is growing Cortana functionality. Windows Insiders can already access her new features like picture reminders, which are coming for everyone else in the big update.


One of the coolest abilities Cortana is gaining is deeper interaction with your Android phone. Since few people use Windows 10 Mobile (partly due to its horrendous launch period This Is Why Windows 10 Mobile Was a Tech Launch Failure When you're a dedicated Windows Phone user these days, you may get the impression that Microsoft hates you. How else would you explain this recent Windows 10 Mobile launch? Can we even call it that? Read More ), the Cortana app on Android is the next best thing.

With this upgrade, Cortana will show you new messages and let you see what’s happening on your phone without ever picking it up.

Pushbullet can already sync up your PC and Android phone Pushbullet Puts Your Android And PC On The Same Wavelength Find out how you can keep your Android perfectly synced with your PC -- push your phone's notifications to your desktop, share files, and much more! Read More , but having a native solution is always a good option (plus, Pushbullet severely limited their free users a while back). On the phone side of this, Microsoft already makes great apps for Android How Microsoft Took Over My Android Phone It's honestly surprising how many Microsoft apps are available for Android -- and they're really good! Read More , so if you haven’t tried any of them out yet, this could be the one that gets you to try their collection of apps for your device.

The only downside is that you’ll only be able to respond to text messages and Google Hangouts messages — so commands like archiving Gmail are out for now. Hopefully, further functionality will be added down the road.


What do you think about this? Is not having the ability to respond to every notification on your PC too limiting, or do you appreciate the native solution? Let us know in the comments if you’ll try out this feature when it drops next month!

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  1. Nick Els
    February 21, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Windows 10 is doing a great job of resetting etc. Though it has one big flaw - the reset feature does not leave a message somewhere in the registry or elsewhere where this message could be found by all the applications that gets removed during the reset. For instance, take the Microsoft Office software, you suddenly find that you cannot reactivate your copy again because you've activated too many times already. Which is a pain in neck because now you need to activate by phone! And there are many non Microsoft application licenses that won't allow you to reinstall their software unless you buy a new license. This would make the Windows 10 even more of a winner.