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Windows 10 Redstone 2 will make jumping between PC and phone even easier

It's no secret that Windows 10 Redstone 2 has a huge focus on productivity improvements, and with recent Insider builds finally packing some new features, it shouldn't be long before we start seeing a lot more of Microsoft's plans come to light. A lot of what Microsoft is working on in Redstone 2 are improvements to work that begun in Redstone 1, such as being able to sync app-states across devices with the "Continue App Experiences" feature.

Right now, in Redstone 1, the Continue App Experience feature is available to developers that allows users to open an app on one device, and then continue exactly where they left off in that same app on another device. Similar to Apple's Handoff feature, which works between iPhone and macOS. Unfortunately, with Redstone 1, its implementation is a little rough, with not real UI or options for the user to configure.

Microsoft has laid out the foundations for this system with Redstone 1, and with Redstone 2 the company plans on expanding its feature set and usability to more than just apps.

Internal Concept

According to my sources, Microsoft is working on bringing a contextual UI to Windows 10 that will pop up a notification telling the user that they are able to sync an apps state from another device and continue exactly where they left off. This will be done with the help of Cortana, which will pop up a notification whenever there's an app available to sync states. This is something I've written about before, and now it appears to be coming to light with Redstone 2.

That's a pretty simple implementation of the feature, but other internal documents appear to suggest the company is also looking at making the same feature be able to restore an entire workspace, all with the tap of a button. Cortana will be able to contextually sync files, tabs, apps and more between devices, with contextual pop ups that require the user to do very little work getting back into a productive state when moving between form factors.

Internal Concept

Microsoft is hoping to build this functionality into Cortana as the Cortana function is a universal entity throughout the Windows ecosystem. What that means is if needed, an app can simply handoff to Cortana for prompts and other tasks, making being able to sync a user's workflow between devices easier for developers and the user, as the user knows where to expect this functionality on every device they use. Microsoft calls these "global actions" internally, and with any luck we'll see them come to light very soon.

Internal Concept

Microsoft internally refers to this new feature as "Pickup where I left off" or "Flow", meaning the flow between any device running Windows 10, whether that be PC and Mobile, PC and laptop, etc. The Redmond giant wants to make it easy for users to be productive on Windows, and by bringing "Flow" to Windows 10, users won't have to think twice about getting setup to do work, as Cortana would've done most of the work for them getting setup to be productive.

There's a lot more coming with Redstone in 2017 that we're super excited about, including Office integration and more. Make sure you check out our Redstone 2 database for everything we know about RS2 (so far).

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Awesome
  • Only if it happens almost immediately. The 30 minutes to two hours delay of favorites sync and many other types of sync of the past made switching devices much less than ideal. Even if it happens sometimes or most of the time within a reasonable amount of time, never really knowing if or when causes problems. The option of manual sync needs to always be one click away. None of this background only nonsense.
  • There is currently synching? I hadn't noticed, I guess because it never works correctly.
  • I think USA Today does. Haven't used the app in a while though.
  • There needs to be an icon indicating that everything on device A has been synced before shutting off device A and moving over to use device B. Without that indicator or the ability to force a manual sync, the concept will remain a seldom used or trusted realm of the unknown.
  • Readit (app) currently syncs. It uses Flow and remembers info about your accounts and favorites across devices, even when installing the app. It's awesome.
  • The only way fans are gonna care about this feature is if it works between their W10 tablet, desktop, laptop AND SURFACE PHONE!
    No phone, no deal, for most.
  • Well if it works through Cortana, they will have those features, probably
  • The point is, no phone.. This isn't gonna work with that fake ass Cortana on iDroid.
  • Fans have a 950/xl, x3, nuans, fw6 or 4s/pro... So it is interesting already.
  • The problem is that those phones are not easily accessible.. I can't just walk into att, have those 4 phones in front of me, and add one to my next plan... So, no. Where are the phones, still.
  • As well as the difficulty getting the phones, it's further restricted to regions that have Cortana, and possibly even right down to only limited Cortana regions.....Take for example the Stick Notes Insights, or Hand Writing a reminder in the Cortana UI - These are only in the US Cortana, so just having Cortana in your region doesn't always mean you'll be able to use the feature. I get they are a US company, but Microsoft talk to international audiences without actually mentioning that outside the US you can't use all the features. Cortana in the UK used to feel on-par with the US, but that's changed over the years to the point Cortana in the UK has essentially stalled. We are a small island, but I'd imagine one of the easiest markets for MS to release products in considering the language is so similar.
  • Whatsapp does it perfectly via Cortana and when it does, I wish it was one of those UWP apps.
  • Agreed. Many of us know how reliable Outlook PC's "folders are up to date" is...
  • I've been asking for this on feedback hub for almost two months
  • only? :)
  • Pretty much. I want using edge that much on my phone.
  • and still waiting for basic app like SnapChat .... fail
  • Just buy a cheap android phone. Cheap like your comment
  • Go to Snapchat blog, either tell those idiots to use Islandwood, or start crying, or get a life that is not Snapchat infested. Barking at the moon on a Microsoft news site will change nothing.
  • Booooring :P :D But meh, anyway. If an app, where b*tches post pictures of themselves with dog filters, go android or ios :D Or use Instagram for the same... :D
  • Dude you can go and put a nice little wreath filter on yourself with your corny Snapchat lol
  • Wait who shall we blame here, take a guess, Snapchat?
  • Yeah, but what to do if u want to play fifa17, monster buster or something like that? Snapchat is not at all a dealbreaker (or something that important) as those games are not neighter. Oh and just to tell it... U dont know spectre, right?
  • We've been asking for this feature mostly with Groove music... Groove needs this YESTERDAY! please let this happen.
  • Let's call it Flow. Pick up where I left off simply doesn't flow
  • Its Microsoft, so they will find some ridiculous way to come up with the most unintuitive name, then rename it a million times after that.....
  • Probably shortened to PUWILO and called that for ever after
  • At least PUWILO sounds funny as hell
  • "Flow" or even "Pick up where I left off" are probably just temporary obscure codenames.
    Marketing will decide on a more catchy and consumer-friendly name later, something like "Microsoft Modern Inter-Devices Apps-States ActiveSynchronisation Personal Edition 2017", you know, something that both flows and describe the feature clearly. If history is any indicator, they'll take advantage of brand recognition and also introduce the "Microsoft Modern Inter-Devices Apps-States ActiveSynchronisation Professional Edition 2017" that will be server-based, using a new feature in SharePoint farms.
    ​They'll both synchronize a different subset of settings and states, use similarly named but completely incompatible clients with completely different UIs.
  • Oh, I love that name already. And expect Cortana to be renamed as "Microsoft's Ubiquitous Cross-Platform Proactive Personal Digital Assistant, Mobile Enterprise Edition" in 2017 /s
  • Wow, what a lucky guess or leaking internal information, that is very close to the name they settled on before the Halo fans ruined months of the marketing team hard work by demanding that the Cortana name stays! Now we're stuck with "Cortana" when we could have had the glorious ​"Microsoft Ubiquitous Cross-Devices ProActive Artificial Personal Intelligent Digital Agent with ActiveNeural® Technology". (/s, in case anyone is wondering. I have no internal insight, assuming the marketing team does have any insight to begin with)
  • I've heard that Microsoft's marketing team uses a magic 8 ball for all decisions.
  • They kind of stopped the nonsense in recent years, and I believe it is related to a single video: From what I heard, that video was meant to be an internal one to show what was wrong with the marketing team, very likely to be the Zune team defending their case for a simpler, elegent, design for their packaging. This seems to have had a huge impact and fortunately simplified the product names and packaging noise. I must admit, while I still make fun of them for their decades of overfilled packaging and too-long-and-descriptive-event-when-using-the-acronym product names, the recent names and boxes are much better.
  • That's not true! They use five, then string all the answers together.
  • Btw, upon reading your comment, I come to remember that Microsoft has a product called "Exchange ActiveSync", which sounds very... Microsoft-ish, unsurprisingly.
  • I'm actually in Microsoft technologies since over 20 years and been a lot in mobile (Windows CE Embedded and Mobile platforms).
    So yeah, I didn't just invent the name our of thin air, in the mid-90's, they were riding the ActiveX wave and decided to put Active* on everything. That's were we got ActiveX, ActiveScript, ActiveSetup, ActiveSync, etc... from.
    Fortunately their ".net" as a mendatory suffix has been short lived so I saved them the embarrasment of putting ".net" after a name of a tech that's not related at all to the .net framework (remember Windows CE .NET and the planned Windows Server .NET ?). ActiveSync was a desktop app to synchronize data between Windows 9X/NT and a Windows CE PDA (Handheld PC, Palm-size PC, Pocket PC, Windows-powered Smartphone,...) it provided filters to pull and convert data from the PC (files, Outlook emails, contacts, appointments, notes, ...) and was extensible to any app that wanted to provide a filter to sync their data between their desktop app and Pocket app. Of course the "ActiveSync" name came from the fact that it was sychronizing data and that it came out of marketing in 1996, one of the "Active"-mendatory years. (ok, maybe also because the filters were COM-based and "Active" was the new catchy name for OLE/COM) Exchange ActiveSync on the other hand is a server-based technology similar in concept but completely unrelated, and designed to synchronize different subsets of data. It was an add-on to Exchange Server (as part of Mobile Information Server) to provide over-the-air (understand untethered from desktop) sync of e-mail, calendar, contacts and tasks with Pocket Outlook on Windows CE PDAs.
    It was supposed to be aptly called Exchange AirSync until the marketing team decided to take advantage of name recognition of ActiveSync and call it Server ActiveSync.
    Server ActiveSync later got renamed to Exchange ActiveSync and integrated into Exchange Server roles and is still a critical piece of the low-bandwidth-optimized synchronisation for Exchange with Outlook Mobile (Store Mail+Calendar and Contacts apps) on Windows Phone and tablets, and licensed for Exchange synchronisation on iPhone/iPad and Android.
  • I think a rebranding of SmartGlass or even an expansion of what Continuum means would make sense. Perhaps Continuum Flex for when using a single device and having it adapt to different screens and situations and Continuum Flow for moving between devices.
  • Yeah, Flow sounds catchy and short, thus easy to remember and easy to communicate to others.
  • Honestly, I want to read about actual new features. Let your MS contact know that we would like some real features to come to the platform like mixedview and others. If they aren't going to bring features then just write these off of boring cumulatives!
  • I used to ger excited about little things like this but microsoft's history of failed execution, slowness in inplementation, or abandonment of features leaves me disinterested. Now if they announced something more cool that I've wanted for years such as side-by-side apps on mobile on super large tiles... Color me intrigued
  • Yeah, except this feature is only available for countries with Cortana...
  • And those markets without cortana wont get these new features, awesome! /s
  • You do realise that Cortana works with any region setting since the Anniversary Update?
  • Not on PC. You have to change region and language. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So it's still available then?
  • It's available, yes. But who wants to not have their native language on the PC? On win10mobile I can enable Cortana as long as English language pack is installed. Should have been the same on PC. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • No, just changing language will enable Cortana for any region.
  • And how about 'Hey, Cortana' voice command? They didn't fix it yet.
  • That's not true. You can enable it just as easily as on phone.
  • Are you absolutely sure about that!!?!
  • That is not true
  • LOL when WM "fans" try to look smart and answers the same question with YES and NO so what? Cortana for everybody? The answer is still NO and a basic user wont change the system language just to get Cortana working
  • Why won't basic users change the system language to get Cortana working? Have you got any explanation for this?
  • Statistics say that. It s math bro.
  • I have my phone with the region set to Portugal and language set to English (US) (that's how I always configure my devices as I like having the UI in english) and Cortana is not available!   I have region set to Portugal because of billing and content (Groove Music subscription,store purchases etc) I have just now tried changing the regional format to English (US) while keeping the region itself unchaged, rebooted and.. nothing. I'm on insider fast, does that only work on the stable branch or something? What am I missing?
  • Yes, you also have to go in to the Cortana app and then Settings to configure which Cortana to use.
  • The other issue is, even if you pick the Lang in the Cortana settings, it warns you that not features are available. Canada here....
  • Thing is, that option is indeed great but should only serve like a workaround, not a permanent solution that everybody has to follow. I think they has to make some Cortana featues be widely available when its not directly relevant to the region. Reminders is one of the big Cortana feature that doesn't need regional locking, so does the new Cortana cross-device notifications. In regards to Cortana, why the regional push felt like it stopped or slow down to halt these days? Google is already pushing hard their digital assistant left and right, thus more and more people giving them a credit and use those. Cortana once praised nowadays pushed into the sideline regardless of new functionality. Did MS cut the budget of Cortana team and the regional push of it? This is why some Cortana features have to be available regardless regional setting such as this new feature.
  • Cortana development in the UK feels like it's almost completely stalled. We have it better than those with NO Cortana at all but it irks me when they talk about Cortana to an international audience and totally ignore the fact many of the features are US only - It's more the fact they DON'T mention the restriction that is most annoying
  • Adding markets has slowed Cortana down, and apparently added many non-English guesses to voice to text, from my experience. Perhaps time is needed to fix this problem before too much more is added too quickly.
  • Even in the UK and other English speaking countries Cortana has stalled lately. There's minimal differences between US and UK English in terms of things like recognising dates in text within sticky notes.
  • it sucks! They should make cortana available everywhere and have a notification that they will add cortana with your native language as soon as possible.
  • How many regions outside of the US is Cortana available in now? UK, Canada, China, and Australia?
  • Interesting, hope the implementation of this feature is well executed.
  • Will fail if tied to Cortana.
  • Considering anything with the AU update has Cortana available, you're likely wrong.
  • Seems nice, but the question is: What phone exactly?
  • iphone n pixel obviously ;)
  • any Windows Mobile or Android phone with same apps as on Windows, no iOS - they doesn't allow to do that
  • For some times with a long history of wallpapers, Apple used to have a default Galaxy wallpaper on its Mac PCs. Google suddenly thought of merging its Android and Chrome (whatever the) OS (ever was) in order to bring Andromeda OS. Who's copying who?
  • Lol. EXACTLY❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗
  • I just wonder if there will be a MS phone to utilize this feature... or are we just talking about Android (and maybe iOS) with Cortana?
  • As much as we are inclined to point to your second option, I think it would require app parity; the apps need to have similar designs/features. However, Windows 10 versions look and operate differently from the iOS and Android versions.
  • Yeah they suck
  • I hope on Surface branded phone but I think this feature for any Windows Mobile or Android phone with same apps as on Windows, no iOS - they doesn't allow to do that
  • I wonder what's next? You can only unlock your phone using Cortana*?
    *Not available in all regions
  • Cortana is available in all regions.
  • Theoretically Yes, but you need to switch phones language to supported Cortana region language.
  • No, you don't. You can enable Cortana without switching phone language.
  • Tell me how then, because it's not working for me
  • Go into Cortana settings and choose a "Cortana language".
  • I can't even find that setting.
  • I see it. You're either not looking hard enough or you don't have the AU update
  • I do have AU, I press the search button, go to settings, and there is just simply no option like that.
  •   "Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere."  
  • I have Lithuanian language on my phone, once I switch to English US, I can use Cortana and choose Cortana language, but once I switch back to Lithuanian, I don't have Cortana anymore.
  • I don't have any "Cortana Settings" on my phone???
  • Nice :O i know this might be useless but i hope groove music picks it too :D...!!!!
  • Now that's a great idea!
  • I have wanted this for so long! It would be great to be listening to an album on my desktop at work and then pick up right where I left off when I pick up my phone for the commute home!
  • yes that would be lovely =)
  • This will be a great addition to the ecosystem.. I'm looking forward to it. :-) Let's go with the "Flow."
  • *Only for English speaking countries*  - If you live in another country, you're not getting this feature because you don't have Cortana (unless you switch from your native language to English). Please Mr. Ward, don't forget to write an article about how great that actually is! 
  • when will I be able to do full text using the message app on my pc?
  • You can do it now.
  • I have seen the messages in my message app but the send button is always greyed out, I figured it wasnt finished yet    
  • You need to use the "Skype Preview" app "Messaging" is retired
  • weird they still have it in the store I will check the skype preview app so far does not apear friendly with standard sms  
  • They still have it because it still works in previous build I guess. Skype is working really good right now, you can also link your contacts and switch between skype and sms from the chat. Skype is your one choice, the other one is Cortana. But you can only reply to incoming messages from the notification when it disappears it's gone or talking to Cortana without seeing the message.
  • I knew the reply worked, and I heard them going back and forth between the skype idea, but looking at skype it doesnt appear to want to send sms or allow me to pick to send sms
  • Under settings you need to enable sms relay feature on both your phone and computer.
  • If only this worked 100% of the time.  So many times when a SMS comes in on desktop, but cannot reply to it as it  fails to send.
  • Interesting, I never had that issue yet. I had problems when linking the contacts though...
  • would that be the instant messages section right under notification settings?  I have that set on both devices, as I said I see all the chats in the old messaging app but nothing in the new app.  if you have a link for help on this that would be great would hate to bother you via this page.
  • I don't know if these have tutorials but you can find useful links from these pages.
  • ahh only works for insiders def not showing up on my phone.
  • that's Stupid right? @spyderzWPC?
  • Pretty sure "messaging" is not a retired app. Skype Preview has SMS built in, however the skype preview... Is just that... A preview. MS wouldn't retire their main app before they've finished he other app. Also, I believe the skype merge is optional. People can still use SMS on Windows 10 without downloading the skype preview if they wanted to.
  • Not a big deal, but Microsoft is boring in coming up with cool feature names. "Continue App Experience"? Really?? I mean it's clean and straight to the point, but it's not cool... Apple's is called "Handoff", which is a little better. Can't microsoft call it something cool like "Teleport" or "Warp" or "TelAPPort" or "Shut the hell up dashrendar!".
  • "Flow" it's there in the article, that you read to the end ;-)
  • I like the last suggestion ;)
  • You want MS to adopt the fruity company's magical tech jargon?
  • Yes! If it helps make the feature reconizable to the masses, then it a yes, a very big yes.  I just don't want Microsoft to go down the same rabbit hole they mostly do when naming products. As people have noted Microsoft  have a habit of over complicating a prducts name with developer/IT jargon rather than using  easy to remember flowery fruity like jargon.
  • Ah yes the famous Windows for Workgroups 3.11.
  • Yes!... MS nerds to adopt something, because what works works, and MS can't work it.. I wanna see MS twerk it.
  • Lol
  • Does this mean I will finally be able to continue a playlist on a different device with Groove Music?
  • That ' next big update' will not come in 2017. Remember when Microsoft announced sms from pc? Right. It was January 2015. We are now at the end of 2016 and that sms thing is in an awful state-Cortana or skype-both are in perpetual beta, unusable state. I seriously doubt Microsoft's ability to produce quality software.
  • Right. Not ********, but it is about time this thing start beeing usable
  • The whole sending/receiving SMS and MMS on PC ordeal was severely disappointing. It worked just fine (for me at least), yet they scrapped it for a sub-par experience. Never felt so let down before.
  • Another feature which is based on Cortana yet Cortana is available in like 10 countries... Cortana dla Polski! ;)
  • You can enable it in any country.
  • You are repeating the same thing over and over without mentioning the downside, ie losing your native phone language. Thats a big deal for a lot of people that's not mentioned by others as well. Full disclosure please.
  • You're full of ****. Why do you try so hard to make WM look better than it actually is? If you want features like this on your PC and phone, you have to switch from your native language to English, otherwise you're screwed. End of discussion.
  • Well for a moment I forgot I was on the internet where mutual respect and courtesy doesn't exist. Thanks for reminding me.
  • What if I tell you I dont want to use my phone in English.
  • U simply get down voted by fanboys
  • I'll be happy when they get "notifications" sync correct. So tired of having to see the same notifications on multiple devices and having to clear them each time.
  • It'd be great when you clear a notification from your pc, the notification on your phone to be cleared automatically too!
  • It would be great when you format your mobile it does the same in pc...
  • am i the only guy who almost never uses cortana?
  • Maybe
  • I have band 2 Cortana work without ever having to touch my phone make a call play a song, start a text message what's on the schedule for today.
  • would that be the instant messages section right under notification settings?  I have that set on both devices, as I said I see all the chats in the old messaging app but nothing in the new app.  if you have a link for help on this that would be great would hate to bother you via this page.
  • Yeah, each article that points out how Microsoft is doing x or y like ios or android, makes me want ios or android phone more and more.
    My office is all ios, and I'm starting to have a real hard time being a hater.
  • It's not a competition, It's ur view of using ur smart phone, if windows doesn't suit ur need switch no hard feelings. U can always return wen its all fully cooked
  • So, when you're in a country that does NOT have Contrana, you're screwed right?
  • If you have the AU update, you have Cortana.
  • I do have the update on my phone, but no Cortana... :/ This is how it looks like when I press the search button and go into Settings:
  • And you can keep your native phone language too, right?
  • Nice
  • Why do they want to implement everything with the use of Cortana? Can't use silent hours on 10 Mobile because Cortana isn't available in the Netherlands for example. Hope this still it's going to work without Cortana. Nice feature tho!
  • She natively runs in the background on PC and use she on phone she can handle both loads for you without much effort.
  • She doesn't run on the background with me because Cortana isn't available in the Netherlands as I said already ;) Wasn't talking about loads but just if it is a features that depends on Cortana wheter she is available or not.
  • Super
  • What Phone..?
  • This os has so much potential, just hope Microsoft can execute the plan.
  • I am yet to see any app presently take advantage of the current "continue app experience"
  • Mytube
  • Looking forward to any improvements here. The notification sync experience isn't so great today and feels like beta even in Release Preview ring. I think the current notification sync foundation work is causing lot of delayed notifications on Mobile especially from what I've seen. Hopefully app state syncing will help, not hurt...
  • Explain any device please. With MS out of the mobile market, and OEMs bailing on the platform like MS did, what am I going to use this feature with? I will not carry an Enterprise MS phone and will be using nothing other than my Enterprise Laptop at home. My Home Entertainment server was killed with Windows 7.
  • MS just killed Lumia phones and handed it over to Chinese companies. When Nokia android is out and if it get succeed is utter shame to M$
  • I'd be happy if my desktop background synced across mobile and PC. Would also be nice if Bing images could take the place of the background.
  • There a app for that Dynamic theme does windows spotlight or bing image of the day
  • That's good but they need to make Apps for Websites to work. It's one of the most important things when using apps.
  • Aaaaand most of the world won't be getting it because of Cortana...
  • Cortana works globally now. If you're not in a supported language country, you can select an existing language. eg I'm in New Zealand and I just use the Australian language. There are a few limitations though. Hopefully state synching won't be one of them.
  • You shouldn't have to have english language on your phone to use features that aren't dependent on language. That's really bad design.
  • Windows phone - Where all new features only work on phones set with American English as phonelanguage.
  • English-centered pile of trash.
  • I thought we were suppose to be able to sync our email/calender between devices with Redstone 1, yet I'm having to delete calender items on 5 different devices to have them go away. I'm also getting like 5 different reminders all at the same time. I wish there was a way to clean some of this up. I'm interested to see what Redstone 2 has in store fr these things.
  • I wish the Microsoft calender didn't automatically put in American holidays that mean absolutely nothing to me.
  • Mytube is the only app, I know that actually does it
  • Mytube has Live tv ? I find perfect tube is the best YouTube client. It can play Live TV
  • Who cares about handing off functions between PC and phone when Windows Mobile is dead?
  • You just answered your own question.
  • I'm excited about this, especially since Windows 10 already syncs UWP settings between devices. Unlike with Android, Windows 10 can automagically import your app settings and data upon installation so you don't have to go thorugh a sign-in process or config anything. It's fantastic.
  • Ok where are the crazy comments about Microsoft killing WM, cause if they are why the hell do they keep making it more and more like the PC OS?!
  • Its almost dead at consumer part, all the focus is at enterprise.
  • Hmmm  
  • Yes please! The more features that are unique and shard between Windows 10 devices the better. They might struggle to get your average consumer to buy a Windows phone, but since so many businesses use Windows....features like this can draw them into mobile. Keep up the good work. Hope it comes soon!
  • Looking forward!
  • While on the topic of Cortana and multiple devices, how are the rest of you coping with "Hey Cortana" commands to the Xbox One, and having both your PC and phone also react?
  • Sync app states...for the limited amount of apps available. Surface Phone won't save this. This will hurt the Surface Brand.
  • but i can not use cortana :(
  • Well yeah that will be a problem for many people. They have a few features specific to US Cortana only too....Like Sticky Note Insights, and hand writing reminders in the Cortana UI - Many sites, and Microsoft themselves will talk about this to their international audiences without stating the features are US Only. We can hope these features definitely come to Cortana outside the US but it isn't certain - Lately even in the UK Cortana development has stalled and fallen behind the US. Microsoft do talk about the new Cortana features without mentioning regions. It makes sense to have Cortana handle these things in theory, but it does cause a LOT of people to miss out on features and I'm not totally sure they recognise this at the moment. If the features were in the core OS rather than a built in app/service than only limited people can use then it would have better coverage. I'd be interested to hear what regions the new Google Assistant, and Siri are available in v.s Cortana to know if it's just MS falling behind in terms of international availability.
  • Cool. I have had my own version of this since about 2000. I work on desktop computer at my desk with all folders being network based and sync'd locally via Offline Files (right-click select "Always available offline"). As long as I close the document on my desktop, it will be auto-sync'd to my laptop by the time I stand up and walk out of the building. The limitations of this are that I do have to close the app on the desktop, or the file is "locked" and can't sync. Also, I have to manually browse and open it on my laptop, which is not quite as convenient as what I imagine a "Pick up where I left off" feature would be. But it's pretty close. I hope these changes don't diminish the long-standing existing roaming network support, which has long been just awesome.
  • So what are the apps that support this in the current RS1 build? Why can't I look up directions on my PC and have them open up on my phone?
  • You kind of can....If your region has Cortana. Only works when you ask for directions via Cortana though. Alternatively your search history does sync VERY quickly so you can tap the search box and it should be the top option. I know it's not the same as this Flow feature promises, but it's how you can do it right now, specifically for directions.
  • Interesting. So if I use Cortana to open maps on my pc, I can then open it to where I left off on my 950 when I'm heading out the door say in 5 mins?
  • Well soon you'll be able to do that. Right now you can say "Hey Cortana, directions to work" on your PC and on your phone Cortana will send you a notification that says "Here's your route to work" which you tap on to load up the maps app with the route ready to go. The new features will allow you to open the app to where you were in the way you described.
  • Oh very cool. I'll try that out!
  • Sounds great.....but ....Most of the "features" in windows 10 don't work for me.  Email never syncs correctly, the live tiles are always stail and have old information in them.  There are four thousands ways to get to onedrive and not all of them talk to each other.  I am hoping that it is my Dell Alienware 14 and not Microsoft itself.  Dell announced they were not supporting windows 10 for my machine.
  • This will be great for launching a set of apps on PC, then when you are out and about have them move over to your phone in their existing state - Potentially even with the windows in a similar position when using Continuum on the phone (For UWP Apps only of course) They already have Project Rome which lets you launch an app on another device, it's just a bit slow! I find it works well wehn the devices are on the same WiFi network. I did an app where you can type in a phone number on your PC, and it launches a call on your phone as a bit of a prototype to try out Project Rome.
  • Performance can be very poor at times but I was intrigued as a developer how it works.
  • Currently I find it annoying that I do a GroupMe conversation from my PC in the evening and the next morning my phone goes crazy informing me of these messages. A 10-15 ding session to tell me what I already know. You would think the two Windows 10 devices with same Microsoft ID would talk to each other.
  • Why does anyone care? MSFT is essentially dumping mobile. The advice integration at this point for SMS os so poorly done, its a joke. I fired up my SP4 for the first time in a couple weeks and had to spend 10 minutes dismissing every text. WTH? Once its read on one device it should not appear on others. The 5 devs working on mobile right now are just as disillusioned as most of the folks on this forum. Until Nutella cares about mobile, It's just a waste. The only mobile he cares about is getting core msft business apps to work on iOS and android. He's not doing enough for windows mobile. There is no premium experience on msft mobile. He thinks a surface tablet counts as mobile. It doesn't. Mobile is that OS in your pocket that you have with you 24x7, which he is giving up on..
  • Baste Microsoft Lumia mobile