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Cortona for Android will sync phone alerts to Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft may be planning a future version of the Cortana personal assistant for Android that will deliver all phone notifications to a Windows 10 PC.

The incoming update, announced at the end of Day 2 of Microsoft’s Build conference, will enable PC users to read, act upon and dismiss alerts from their Google-powered smartphones.

The Verge reports (via 9to5Google) that once granted permission, the Cortana Android app will send all of the notifications to the cloud before delivering them to the Windows 10 desktop.

Users will, for example, be able to see missed calls and even dismiss incoming notifications if they’re unprepared to deal with them or willing interrupt their flow by picking up the phone.

It appears the feature will work a little like the iCloud features on Mac OS X that allow iPhone calls to be taken on an MacBook or iMac.

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Speaking of the iPhone, Microsoft says there are no plans to offer such support for the iPhone version of Cortana.

However, Windows 10 Mobile devices, which are already somewhat of an endangered species, will also have access to the functionality.

All-in-all it seems like a pretty smart move from Microsoft as it seeks to build out the appeal of Windows 10 in the mobile focused landscape.

Improving the ability to only ever focus on one device at a time – the Windows 10 one – should help matters.

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On the flip side, its unlikely many Android users are going to want that many notifications when trying to work, so it’ll be all about striking the balance between which apps Android users will allow Cortana to access.


The feature is coming to forthcoming version of Windows, which is more than likely the Anniversary Update, which is on deck for summer 2016.

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