A big reason to get excited for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update 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), 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, 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, 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.
Just got Cortana to reply to a text on an Android phone from my PC. Redstone working nicely in the latest builds.
— Simon Le Gros Bisson (@sbisson) June 16, 2016
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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