Windows 10 testers can now view and interact with Android notifications from their PC

Windows 10 testers can now view and interact with Android notifications from their PC
Earlier this year during a Build presentation, Microsoft revealed that it’s working on a system that allows Windows 10 PC users to display and interact with Android device notifications. As it turns out, the feature is already rolling out to some users.

A Reddit user called Jihoff80 was the first to discover that the tester version of Windows 10 now can now sync notifications from an Android smartphone. At the moment, the feature has only rolled out to those who are a part of the Windows Insider program. Regular Windows 10 users will receive this functionality later this summer when Microsoft rolls out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

The Cortana Android app works as an intermediary, and you will need to get the latest update that Microsoft started pushing today to turn on the feature. As reported by WinBeta, some users claim that the notification syncing can also be enabled by downloading the application package file from one of the APK mirroring websites. 

Once everything is set up, your Windows 10 PC will be able to display notifications such as missed calls, messages, and emails. Furthermore, users will also be able to reply to notifications straight from the paired Windows 10 computer.

It will take only a few seconds for the notifications to reach the Windows 10 machine once they’ve reached the Android device, as Microsoft is leveraging its cloud services to sync up the data.

Another notable feature is the fact that the notifications are synced up across all of the connected devices. For instance, when users read an email notification on their phone, it will be dismissed from the Windows 10 PC.

What do you guys think of this new Windows 10 feature?

source: Microsoft via The Verge



1. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Nothing matters unless if MS will stop being a dictatorship by giving us back control and letting us choose between a improved version of Windows 7 or the touch UI. Just because they discovered that people have opinions doesn't mean they have to disable user controllable options and jam it down our throat. Whether this is important or not, the horrid OS itself is enough to make it not worthwhile.

2. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Huh? Not sure what you're trying to say. If you don't like windows 10, you can stay on windows 7, MS will be supporting it for years. If you want touchscreen support then you need windows 10 (or 8.1 blah). What are they jamming down your throat exactly? Which OS is horrid exactly Win 10? Win 7? All Windows OS's?

5. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Yeah I didn't get wtf he was talking about.

9. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. But however, MS office seems to be improving version by version. Just not a fan of the metro interface in 8-10 and a forced updates in Windows 10. Also for W10, I found the unpolished UI somewhat unpleasing, especially the notifications area and the window bar on the top. Windows 10's forced updates. Now, you've literally lost all control over updates, partches and possible improvements which you may not like. Of up the forced updates included a Nvidia driver on my laptop which caused the whole thing to freeze and shut off and that apparently damaged the partition tablet so I lost a whole entire 10 thousand word report which was due in a few days. Also, it seems to be very glitchy sometimes, like it would say I've entered a wrong password even through it was correct and don't let me log back in until a restart.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

100% agree regarding the forced updates. It's a stupid move by Microsoft taking away those simple and intuitive GUI options. The average joe wouldn't even bother looking into the updates, so, they wouldn't even change the updates settings from the automatic default. For power users, they could have left that option there and give the same warning they've been doing since the Vista era. But for whatever stupid reason, they took away that option like they did a few other Windows 7 advanced GUIs. Fortunately, there's also a built-in solution via Group Policy Editor, just harder for average joes to find ( ). That was the first thing I disabled on my Surface Pro 2 after upgrading to Windows 10. I don't need fkn Microsoft dictating what installs on my device like apple. BTW, let that incident be a lesson to you; make it a habit to continuously save your work as you make progress. No point waiting till the end before you save. Regarding the UI, I agree it's not well polished yet in Windows 10, especially the Tablet Mode. I find it overall worse than Windows 8.1.1 at the moment, due to all the bugs present ( ). They're literally using us as beta testers as they add a slew of new features...who would have guessed that the version of Windows Microsoft is giving away for free is the version nobody in their right mind would pay a cent for. However, once it gets polished as Windows 8.1.1 was (which the Anniversary Update looks to be doing), I'd be very happy with the upgrade, but I'd still miss Aero from Windows 7. They really should give Aero as a theme option.

11. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

I saved it, but the whole partition table on he hard drive was literally broken. At first I though it was a dead drive as files were moving slowly at a few kb/s. Then after some diagnosis by myself, I discovered that most of the whole were corrupted due to the broken table. Mini partition didn't help either so I had to reformat the whole thing and loose almost all of the stuff that was on there. Microsoft perhaps need to stop using Apple's strategy, mainly because all of their machines are diverse unlike Apple being almost uniform and there is a very high chance any undesirable forced updates can be catastrophic. And laptop manufactures have slightly modified drivers to their slightly modified hardware which doesn't work with the generic ones that MS keeps pushing out on windows updates which sometimes ends in have to do a system restore to remove the BSOD at start up. And for people like myself who doesn't actually have the desire for a touch laptop as such, they should really try and unify the experience by giving users the option to choose between the modes, (plain old desktop, metro hybrid, metro touch) depending on what device they have, or preferrence to best suit the user since there is no 'one size fits all' in the real world. It's really stuff like this that makes me want to jump boat over to Apple for a laptop so I can still have most of the compatibility with the existing stuff I do on my Windows machine while being able to dual boot Windows from it, and once again since its uniform won't result in so many bugs that I m currently getting on my laptop.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Windows 10 is awsome, fatser than Win 7, no complains here!

4. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

I'm a bit confused. "... back control and letting us choose between a improved version of Windows 7 or the touch UI." Um, you can still stay in Win 7. I know the free upgrade notifications, and scheduled upgrade notifications are a bit annoying BUT they can be disabled. As far an "improved version of Win 7", well that's subjective.Clearly MS thinks Win 10 is an improved version of Win 7, especially based on consumer feedback. You know, all the people crying over a start menu, and "more clicks". It all boils down to people not liking change, not a "horrid" OS. How long was Win 7, and Win XP on the market? Close to, and LONGER than a decade. As soon as something new was introduced everyone starts waaahh-ing. I just don't get it. The touch UI...if you don't want it, don't use it. It really is that simple. Keyboards and mice are still readily available.

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

it sounds like you are comparing windows 7 and windows 8? not windows 7 and windows 10?

6. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

This is pretty sweet tbh cause I love my windows 10 laptop but Windows 10 phones are trash

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

AirDroid slowly being integrated...won't be renewing my AirDroid subscription.

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