One of Microsoft’s big-deal things about Windows 10 is that it should offer the same experience across devices. Whether you are on Windows 10 PC, Mobile, Xbox, or HoloLens, you should get the same UI. You should also be able to pick up where you left off with synced productivity across apps. At least, that’s the scenario Microsoft is working too.
According to a new report from Windows Central, the company is pushing that idea further. Microsoft is working on a feature called ‘Flow’ that will launch with Windows 10 Redstone 2. The basic idea behind the service is that it will make bridging content and productivity between PC and mobile easier.
Before continuing, it is definitely worth noting that ‘Flow’ can easily be confused with existing services. Flow is Microsoft’s IFTTT competitor for creating automated tasks. That service is available for both iOS and Android in app form. The company also has Word Flow, Microsoft Garage’s excellent third-party keyboard.
Needless to say, there is plenty of Flow confusion happening at Microsoft right now. With that in mind, this new feature we are about to discuss will probably not be called Flow at launch. However, that’s what we will stick with for the time being.
The new Windows 10 feature will let users sync and app from one Windows 10 device to another. It will completely sync any data, work, settings, and progress you have on PC (for example) and send it to mobile.
Windows Central reports that the feature will arrive with Redstone 2. That platform upgrade will not arrive until “early 2017”. In the meantime, Windows Insiders will undoubtedly see Flow as part of a preview release for Redstone 2.
Cortana will be used to channel the feature. The assistant will be used to offer prompts that help sync information to an app. The idea is that users don’t have to do anything and the information passes between devices seamlessly.