At its Build 2017 conference this morning Microsoft announced that its upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include integration with iOS, allowing developers using Microsoft Graph to link desktop apps to mobile apps on both iPhone and Android devices (via The Verge). Users will be able to start apps on a Windows computer and, with the help of Microsoft's AI Cortana, pick up their iPhone to resume the experience exactly where they left off.

The update will also include a multi-platform cloud clipboard that will let users copy content and paste it across Windows, iOS, and Android. The new multi-device transition features coming to Windows 10 function similarly to Continuity on iOS and macOS devices.

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Cortana lets users pick up where they left off on other devices

This new pick up feature is particularly useful on mobile devices, where Microsoft hopes app developers will start to link their desktop apps to resume experiences on devices like an iPhone or Android handset. Microsoft is also creating a cloud clipboard that will roam across Windows, iOS, and Android to let people copy content from a PC and paste it on a phone.

Other Windows 10 updates coming this fall include Timeline, which works in conjunction with the cross-platform pick-up feature and shows users a list of previously used apps across their devices. Additionally, OneDrive Files On-Demand will introduce an easier way to control when documents are downloaded to a device from the cloud, and a cosmetic update to Fluent Design will subtly change how the OS looks.

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Timeline on Windows 10

The company continued integration with Apple's ecosystem by announcing the Xamarin Live Player preview, a live coding environment that will let developers test and debug iOS apps on Windows computers, which marks the first time iPhone and iPad apps can be developed without needing a Mac (via Thurott). Live Player will launch as an extension of the just-launched Visual Studio IDE, and will come with an app for iOS [Direct Link] and Android.

With Xamarin Live Player, developers will be able to do everything from their Windows-based PC: Just connect your Android device, iPhone, or iPad to the PC via USB and you can target those devices directly during development.

“Simply pair your device with Visual Studio by scanning a QR code, and hit debug like you normally would,” Nat explains. “The application is deployed in seconds to the Live Player app, enabling you to quickly develop and test your changes without having to recompile and redeploy your application. And you can set breakpoints and debug your application, on device, and over the air.”

Microsoft Build 2017 started on May 10 and ends tomorrow, May 12, and includes technical sessions and keynote speakers centered on developers and the tools they use to create applications and services. More information about upcoming Build 2017 events can be found right here.

Top Rated Comments

Xavier Avatar
55 months ago
Microsoft seem to be getting it right lately. This is appealing.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mathias Denichi Avatar
55 months ago
If they get iMessage and Continuity phone calls to windows 10, I'm 100% dumping the iPad and MacBook for a SP4/5
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sill Avatar
55 months ago
iTunes coming to the Windows Store too! WTH, has hell frozen over????
Steve Jobs made a statement over 15 years ago that people had to get over the idea that for Apple to win, Microsoft had to lose. As a result of that cooperation we had some pretty good software released for the Mac, most notably MS Office. The platform was shored up when Apple and its users needed that the most.
It looks like the current - and very practical - CEO of MS has realized the same thing. He's facilitating Windows/iOS integration like never before. This will benefit everyone.

I really wish Satya had a chance to work with Steve Jobs. I firmly believe the entire computing industry would have benefited from their collaboration.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dgr874 Avatar
55 months ago
iTunes coming to the Windows Store too! WTH, has hell frozen over????
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Appleaker Avatar
55 months ago
Wow this really competes with great features in macOS, which for some people play a role in keeping them on the platform.
It depends how they pull it off but something like this could be impactful, especially a copy and paste and possible AirDrop-like system.
I am hoping this pushes Apple to do more with continuity.... and other unique features that Microsoft has 'taken inspiration from' lately.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
modemthug Avatar
55 months ago
If they get iMessage and Continuity phone calls to windows 10, I'm 100% dumping the iPad and MacBook for a SP4/5
You'd have to be mad to leave OS X for Windows 10. There are so many minor frustrations that you have to deal with and unexpected errors and just general bullsh*t.

I have an IT services company that supports Macs and PCs and mobile devices (plus servers, networking equipment, etc.). If everyone was on a Mac we'd lose probably 80% of our billable hours for desktop support. PCs just break that much.

Plus you have to literally edit the hosts file to prevent Microsoft from logging your every move and keep an eye on the hosts file after every update to make sure they didn't reenable what is, by definition, built-in spyware. This is not hyperbole.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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