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Microsoft confirms OS X Handoff for Windows 10 in preview build

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Microsoft’s latest preview build of Windows 10 Redstone confirms that the company will be adding a feature similar to Handoff in OS X. It will give users the ability to switch between various devices and pickup exactly where they left off.

We first heard Microsoft was bringing Handoff-type functionality to Windows 10 in late March, with sources claiming it would be a part of Continuum. Now the latest Redstone build includes references to the feature ahead of its public release.

“Let apps on your other devices launch apps and continue experiences on this device over Bluetooth,” reads the option in the Settings menu. Just like OS X’s Handoff, the feature is expected to let users begin tasks on one Windows 10 device, then finish them on another.


For instance, you can begin composing a report on your smartphone on the train, then pick up right where you left off on your desktop in the office. Or begin reading an article in Edge on your tablet, then pick it up on your phone before heading out.

“Cortana would also be able to remind you that you can continue working on incomplete tasks on your PC, similar to how it would remind you of missed calls,” reports MSPowerUser.

Redstone, which is the codename for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, is scheduled to rollout to all this summer. However, those who are signed up to receive Windows 10 preview builds should get their hands on this feature much earlier.


Killian Bell

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