Microsoft is bringing Apple Continuity-like features to Windows 10 by letting you start tasks on one device, and continue them on another. This will be achieved by leveraging Cortana, its virtual assistant that’s built into Windows 10, and available as a third-party app on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.
“With Cortana, you can pick up where you left off across Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Imagine logging off your PC and having the doc you were editing pop up on your phone. Cortana asks if you want to pick up where you left in your app, doc, or website,” is how Microsoft explains the feature.
Microsoft apps will support this feature – which is being called Pick up Where I Left Off (PWILO) – out of the box, so, say, if you are working on a PowerPoint presentation on your Windows 10 machine, you will be prompted by Cortana to continue working on-the-go when you switch to your Android or iOS device.
The Redmond giant says third-party apps will be able to utilise the PWILO functionality by registering with the Activity Graph using easy to implement APIs. If you are using a PWILO-enabled app on a device and switch to another where you don’t have the app installed, Cortana will even prompt you to install the app.
Microsoft hopes this ability to drive additional app installs will encourage app developers to implement this functionality.
Disclosure: Microsoft sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel in Seattle for Build 2017.