Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system will have a new ‘Phone Companion’ app that will let users connect their PCs to any smartphone they use. It will work seamlessly with Windows, Android as well as iOS. The software giant said in a blog post that the app will be added directly in Windows 10. It will sync content between your PC and smartphone.
Phone Companion to arrive in a few weeks
The move may encourage users to install Microsoft apps such as OneNote, OneDrive and Office on their mobile devices. Microsoft said it would release the Phone Companion app “in a few weeks” as part of Windows 10 Insider Preview. So, we can expect a new build soon. The Redmond-based company recently enabled testing of Xbox One game streaming on Windows 10, but the full feature is yet to arrive.
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The software giant also said that its Cortana app will arrive on the iOS and Android. Microsoft’s digital assistant has until now been available only for Windows devices. According to Venture Beat, Cortana on Android and iOS devices will serve as a bridge for things that you start doing on your PC and want to continue later on a mobile device. Cortana for Android will arrive at the end of June, while the iOS version will arrive “later this year.”
Windows 10 Music app looks a lot like Spotify
Windows 10 will bring some major changes to the Music app. A screenshot posted on Microsoft’s support site has revealed the new look and feel of the music app in Windows 10. The music app preview with a dark theme looks pretty similar to Spotify. It includes recent tracks on the right and an improved menu on the left. The preview version lets you browse your music collection, including items from Xbox Music and anything you’ve purchased from iTunes.
Since Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft’s CEO last year, the company has been aggressively trying to put its apps and services on a wide variety of devices. The company has started catering to Android and iOS users, and doubled-down its efforts in PC segment. Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows, meaning the company is moving towards Windows-as-a-service policy rather than launching upgraded software products every few years.