Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Update Will Link With iOS for Easy App Switching Across Devices

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.

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.

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.



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22 months ago
Microsoft seem to be getting it right lately. This is appealing.
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22 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.
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22 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
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22 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.
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22 months ago
iTunes coming to the Windows Store too! WTH, has hell frozen over????
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22 months ago
The original story has a big error... its Windows Graph, not Windows Graft!

By the way, here is a video of the keynote where this was demonstrated [MEDIA=youtube]PsH_YQFlEz8[/MEDIA] . Of course many of the comments from Apple users are claiming this is the same as continuity which simply is not true. Much of the world uses a Windows desktop and an iPhone... so Apple's closed system is not nearly as useful in the majority of the business world. Microsoft's solution has tight integration into Office 365.

For me, a cloud-based file syncing service has one critical feature, which is how quick it detects changes on the local file to sync it to the cloud. Dropbox, almost immediately, always. Google Drive, close, but sometimes it takes a few seconds to start syncing. OneDrive, I actually timed it a few times and often it takes minutes (40 minutes was the longest) before it detects and syncs any changes to the cloud. That is ridiculous, and defeats the purpose of the service. (all of these are clients on a Mac).


Your experience is vastly different from mine. I use OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, using two Microsoft accounts (personal and business) to sync all of my documents, multiple Sharepoint libraries, personal and business OneNote notebooks, and more. I'm syncing across Windows, MacOS, and iOS. I have literally saved an Excel file on my laptop and a minute later needed to open it on my phone and it was there. I have the two OneNote apps (2016 and W10 App) open on my SP4 and take notes via the pen in one app and it appears in the other a few seconds later (that requires two syncs to complete). So maybe your system isn't setup correctly or something. I have no files I use for work that are not on OneDrive... none. For many of them in SharePoint libraries, my team is working together on them so the folders are synced across multiple people's machines.

The integration into Office is also great. When I attach a file in Outlook to an email, it lets me decide whether I want to send a link to the cloud file or attach a copy... can't do that with Dropbox.
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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.


I won't disagree that Macs are easier to support. But saying you'd be mad to leave OS X for Windows 10 is a stretch. OS X is not used in the vast majority of businesses so many people don't have an option not to use Windows. The bottom line for me is that OS X is also getting kind of stale and will always be a closed system. Microsoft is doing some interesting things.

The insistence by Apple to avoid a touchscreen and/or pen in favor of the touch bar is silly. Having now used a Surface Pro 4 for a few weeks and experienced Windows 10 on that device, I can say that for me I love having touch. Apple is too stubborn to admit they are wrong on this one, or unable to demonstrate why they are not wrong. What they did with the touch bar is not better than a touch screen, plain and simple. Microsoft fumbled badly on the integrated desktop/tablet OS with Windows 8, but now it is getting pretty good. They have stayed with it. Apple keeping two platforms meaning you have to buy a tablet and a laptop... its not as good. The question is whether Apple will ever see this, or will they stubbornly continue down this current path.
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22 months ago
Taking your Apple hat off you have to say that Microsoft et al are really leading the way in innovation nowadays, both from a software and hardware point of view.

Apple are continuing to rely on iterations of products that were outstanding and bar setters in their day, but they have not brought anything new the table for a while (iPhone 7 [6SS], MacBook Pros [Touch Bar a gimmick]) etc, and the questions are starting to loom as to how long they can hold their place at the top without any new meaningful innovation.

If you take your modern day iPhone, Apple TV, MacBook Pro, iMac and iPad and compare them to the same products from two years ago – has there been any new real innovation? It's the same with software, each new MacOS brings nothing significant new (if it's not broke don't fix I know, but that's also not an excuse for lack of new innovation) and all iOS has done is rip features and imitate the social platforms (Snapchat etc) of their main target audience; teenagers.

For too long there's been noises about ventures into new markets and then next big thing from Apple HQ (The Car, a TV solution) and yet each product launch comes and goes and frankly underwhelms, we get a new slightly updated iteration of an existing product, and often the design changes are detrimental and un-Apple like. I just get an overwhelming sense of hubris coming out of Infinite Loop, that they can continue to ride the wave of their previous successes. I guess as they continue to rake in the billions they may say their reasoning is justified.

In this same period Microsoft have realigned themselves in the market, are trying new approaches to the software ecosystem and have produced beautiful hardware in Surfaces and Surface Studio. Amazon has stole a lead with the Echo line, and Google is benefitting from Samsung producing a flagship phone that is much closer to the standard that was the iPhone than ever before. Oh, and Tesla are killing it (just buy them already Apple).

I really believe that in ten years time we won't see Apple in the same light as we have for the previous ten. And they will have no one to blame but themselves. It's a cliche to bring up Steve Jobs but I believe he wouldn't have liked the Apple we have today in 2017.

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22 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.
Rating: 5 Votes
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22 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


I just tried making the switch to a sp4 and am returning it. The battery life is horrendous, but If they fix this and get the features you mention plus a decent apple photo competitor id switch in a heartbeat...which is why it will never happen.
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22 months ago
If they can figure out a way for me to text on Windows (like the Messages app for Mac), that would be amazing.
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