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New Windows 10 preview build teases PC-smartphone integration

By Michael Low & Ng Chong Seng - on 27 Jul 2017, 5:07pm

New Windows 10 preview build teases PC-smartphone integration

In the latest Windows 10 preview build (16251) for PCs, Microsoft is offering testers a glimpse of the PC-smartphone integration that the company first talked about at Build 2017.

For the cross-device magic to happen, you need to link your phone (Android at the moment) and PC to the same Microsoft account. To do that, you’ve to first nominate your phone in Windows 10 (under Settings > Phone), wait for Microsoft to send you a link to get the Microsoft Apps mobile app, install said app on your handset, and then sign into it with your Microsoft account.

When all that is done, you can start reading a webpage on your phone and select the 'Continue on PC' option in the Share pane to bring up two more options: 'Continue now' and 'Continue later'. The former will open up the webpage in the Edge browser on the linked PC; the latter will file the link to the Action Center so that you can open the page at a later time. Link sharing is just one of several cross-device scenarios Microsoft is working on; more capabilities like cross-device copy and paste is expected to be added down the road.

Source: Microsoft.