Microsoft improves phone-to-PC Cortana notifications: low battery, more
Microsoft sold us on Windows 10 with, among other things, the promise of an experience that would break down walls between form factors: phone, tablet, desktop – the choice of where you ran software shouldn’t matter for universal apps. We’re still waiting to see how well that all works out, but today we’re learning of another area where Microsoft is helping to connect dissimilar devices and empower them to give us the information we need, as its latest Windows 10 Insider builds help Cortana let us know what’s going on with our phone, even when we’re away from it.
Last fall, Cortana on the PC picked up the ability to both let you know on your computer when you missed a call on your smartphone, as well as the ability to send texts. That was a good start, but now we’re learning of some additional ways that your PC can get updates about phone status.
A low battery on a smartphone isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as you remember to charge the handset before you need to actually pick it up and use it. To that end, Cortana’s going to be able to let you know on your PC when it detects that your phone could use a recharge.
You’ll also soon be able to use your PC to stay up-to-date with notifications from apps living on your phone, all delivered to you via Cortana.
We’re not sure exactly when both features should come to Insider previews, but word is that they’ll be showing up soon.