Whether with Skype for Business, Windows Mobile, or Windows OS, Microsoft continues to evolve its voice and unified communications portfolio. Microsoft announced yesterday via blog post that Windows 10 will include a built-in ‘Phone Companion’ app, designed to help users connect their Windows PC to a Windows phone, Android phone, or iPhone. Windows 10 is built on a common core supporting Windows PCs and smartphones so interoperability in inherent, but Microsoft also recognizes the importance of providing users a common experience regardless of their mobile phone’s operating system.
With the Phone Companion app, user files and content can become available on both PC and phone. For example, when using Microsoft’s OneDrive app photos taken on the phone will show up automatically in the Photos app on the user’s Windows 10 PC. A music app will enable storage and access to music from OneDrive from the PC or phone. Users can similarly access and manipulate Microsoft Office documents from multiple devices, without moving files around.
Cortana, a personal digital-assistant that works across PC and Windows phones today, will also be included with Windows 10. Cortana features include web search, reminders, dictating email, or toggling device settings. A new Cortana application for Android phones and for iPhones which be offered as a companion with the new Windows 10 PC operating system. The ‘Phone Companion’ app on the PC will help users install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto their phone.
Commenting in the post, Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group at Microsoft Joe Belfiore said, “Regardless of the operating systems you choose across your devices – everything important to you should roam across the products you already own – including your phone.” He continued, “At Microsoft, we want everyone to love not just their Windows 10 PC, but all the devices they own, working with their Windows 10 PC.”