Pick up where you left off

APC Australia - - Technotes -

When the Win­dows 10 Fall Creators Up­date ar­rives in Septem­ber, Mi­crosoft’s vir­tual as­sis­tant Cor­tana will help you pick up where you left off on any de­vice, even as you switch from PC to phone.

Al­though most of us aren’t talk­ing to our PCs in the way Mi­crosoft would like us to, Cor­tana’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is use­ful in a mul­ti­tude of ways other than speech. So for ex­am­ple, it will be able to pre­dict which apps that you might tap or click on next, de­pend­ing on what you’ve been do­ing on your phone.

Switch­ing be­tween apps in Win­dows 10 has al­ways been easy thanks to Task View, but in the new up­date there will be a time­line as­pect to it as well — so you can ef­fec­tively get back to where you were at a point in the re­cent past.

Which apps you use — and when — will be tracked within a new sec­tion of Task View called Time­line, so if you need to go back to the win­dows you had open dur­ing your 2pm meet­ing yes­ter­day, for ex­am­ple, Time­line will find and open them for you. And be­cause Cor­tana works on iOS and An­droid de­vices as well, it will also be able to sug­gest apps that you might want to use on your smart­phone or tablet, as well as on your com­puter, and vice versa. So if you just used Word on your iPad, your PC will give you the chance to open the same app and file when you switch over to your PC — a fea­ture called, ap­pro­pri­ately, ‘Pick up where you left off’. It’s a sim­i­lar idea to the ‘set aside tabs’ op­tion in­tro­duced in the orig­i­nal Creators Up­date, which en­ables you to re­turn to the web pages you had open dur­ing a pre­vi­ous brows­ing ses­sion.

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