Microsoft is continuing to unify its mobile and PC platforms with Windows 10 and new features are being unrolled that take advantage of the new operating system.
Last week, Microsoft released a new preview of its Windows 10 Mobile software that allows Cortana to send texts directly from your PC. If you use a Windows 10 Mobile device then Cortana will notify you of any missed calls, and you can reply directly from your PC.
The actual message will be sent as a text from your phone, but close integration between PC and phone means that you do not have to pick up your phone to send messages each time. You can type or speak the ‘text’ into Cortana and send the ‘text’ to any contact as you would normally do from your phone. This works by using the same Microsoft Account on a PC and phone, allowing Cortana to sync data in the cloud and pass it between both devices. While this is clearly limited to Windows 10 Mobile for now, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft can extend this to Cortana for Android and iOS in the future.
Microsoft is also previewing a new messaging experience for Skype in this latest Windows 10 Mobile update. Skype integration is finally here, with the ability to use it throughout the Messaging, Phone, and Skype video apps. If you are on Windows 10 on your PC then you can already download a preview of the apps, and the mobile equivalents are very similar thanks to Microsoft's universal apps. Microsoft is expected to finalize Windows 10 Mobile shortly, and the company is planning to roll it out to existing devices in December.