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Windows 10 “Project Rome” borrows handoff features from Apple

by Todd Haselton | April 25, 2016April 25, 2016 6:00 am PST

A user on Reddit recently noticed that Microsoft is quietly testing a new feature in Windows 10 that will allow folks to pick up where they left off on different devices. You may be reading your email on a Windows 10 PC, for example, and then continue that email on another device like a tablet or smartphone. If the execution sounds familiar, that’s because it is.

Apple’s Handoff feature offers that functionality across its OS X and iOS devices. Microsoft’s new feature is codenamed “Project Rome,” according to The Verge, which said it will enable Handoff-style features across devices using Bluetooth. In one screenshot provided by the aforementioned Redditor, the experience is explained as such:

“Let apps on your other devices launch apps and continue experiences on this device over Bluetooth. Changes to this setting will apply to everyone that uses this device.”

The feature is off by default and The Verge said it isn’t active just yet. Possible we’ll see this feature activated in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update later this year. The Verge said other features will include notifications from Android devices.



Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...