Microsoft Making Mobile Connection with Windows Update

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Microsoft Making Mobile Connection with Windows Update


By Agence France-Presse

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a forthcoming Windows update aimed at keeping its desktop and laptop computers at the heart of lifestyles increasing reliant on smartphones.

Enhancements to the widely used operating system to roll out later this year are designed to make applications built on Microsoft technology work more harmoniously across an array of internet-linked devices, according to demonstrations given at the company's Build developers conference in Seattle.

One key addition of the Windows 10 Fall update will allow people to leave what they are doing on one device and pick up where they left off on another -- be it a Windows, Apple, or Android driven machine.

Windows personal computers "will love all your devices," said Microsoft operating systems group corporate vice president Joe Belfiore.

Activities or files will be shifted about using cloud storage service OneDrive and artificial intelligence.

Windows 10 will be able to integrate with a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and virtual or augmented reality gear, executives said.

"Microsoft essentially has fully embraced the usage model of moving between phone, tablet, PC, Mac, game console and in the future AR and VR headsets, regardless of the operating system," Patrick Moorhead, a principal analyst for Moor Insights and Strategy, told AFP.

"If it works as well as the demos suggest, it will be successful because the reality is, we live in a heterogeneous world of Windows, Android and iOS."

Bridge to the future

The update would be optimal if Microsoft had a pervasive mobile operating system, but the US technology giant saw Windows smartphones eclipsed by Apple and Android devices, the analyst noted. …

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