Pick up where you left off
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.