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Windows 10 will link Android phone to a PC

Windows 10’s latest preview links an Android phone to a PC

Microsoft first revealed its strategies to bring Android and iPhone phones closer to Windows 10 previously this year, and now the company is letting public testers have fun with the brand-new features. In a new Windows 10 preview (build 16251) launched today, Android users will have the ability to evaluate a new "Microsoft Apps" application that links a phone to a PC. Microsoft hasn't revealed when iPhone users will have the ability to evaluate similar functionality, so it's Android only for now.

The link will allow brand-new cross-device features, including the ability to share a link from a mobile straight to a Windows 10 PC. It's the first of many features Microsoft is preparing to closely align Android and iOS to Windows 10, and in the future the company will also allow apps to straight share contents to and from PCs, along with the ability to copy and paste content from a universal clipboard.

Together with these brand-new phone features, Microsoft is also improving Cortana in this newest Windows 10 preview. You'll have the ability to see Cortana results within the digital assistant, and without needing to launch a web browser. This works with films, stock prices, weather condition, flight status, and other searches that have fast answers. Cortana will also now support "Hey Cortana, restart PC" or shutdown, lock, or just sign out.