Microsoft Bringing Android Notifications Directly To Your Windows 10 PCs

During a session at Build 2016, Microsoft detailed how missed calls, messages, and other notifications from an Android phone will appear on a Windows 10 PC, while speaking about its new operating system a commercial and consumer success. That doesn’t actually mean the Redmond-based software giant is stepping back from taking the opportunity put the platform to the next level. Used its annual keynote to announce a feature-packed Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and announced that their latest platform will soon offer support for a number of Android notification types pulled directly from a mobile phone or table to the Windows 10-powered computer.

Plans already there to bring the whole Android phone notifications directly to Windows 10 PCs. To enable this, Microsoft is using Cortana app for Android, Windows 10 users will even be able to reply to the notifications directly from a desktop PC, to alert the user without having to distract them from the computer itself.


In order to leverage this functionality and make sure that the experience is as seamless as possible, Microsoft’s native Cortana for Android app will make use in conjunction with Cortana in Windows 10. Availability of Cortana for Android will build up a user notifications store in the cloud, allowing the notifications to mirror onto a Windows 10-powered PC. With this level of integration. Microsoft will ensure that Cortana for Android is capable of intercepting the incoming Android notifications and create a cloud-based cache of them accordingly.

This level of interaction is multi-faceted, and will not only allow PC owners to read and reply directly to those from the computer, but will also afford users with the luxury of dismissing notifications on the Android device directly from the Windows 10 PC.

naturally, this functionality will work with support for Windows 10 Mobile devices too, but Microsoft won’t be bringing Android notifications to the iPhone, beacuse its not its manufacturing unit. Nevertheless! Such a feature-set will definitely be appealing to Android smartphone and tablet owners who perfer Windows 10 for their desktop needs. While mobile users invested in Apple’s iOS ecosystem will not be able to benefit from this system integration, unfortunately – at least not anytime soon. Apple operates all of its essential platforms, such as iOS, watchOS and tvOS, within  a very limited walled-garden, meaning that unless Apple approves, Cortana for iOS will be able to intercept iOS notifications being a third-party app, thus making is very difficult to replicate the same feature for an iPhone and iPad.

It’s likely this Android notifications to Windows 10 PCs will arrive with the Anniversary Update – codenamed Redstone in late July. In terms of additional details, Microsoft has announced that it will be coming to a “future version” of Windows. Wait to see what’s next!

(source: The Verge)