In an upcoming Windows 10 update, Microsoft is giving Cortana the ability to send text messages from your PC via your Windows 10 Mobile device. The digital assistant will also be able to inform you of missed calls on your desktop.
This functionality is baked into the latest Windows 10 Mobile preview (build 10572), which is rolling out now to Windows Insiders, Microsoft announced on the Windows Blog. Users will also need to be running Windows 10 build 10565 or above.
If you have access to these two platforms — and you’re signed into the same Microsoft Account on both — then Cortana will begin to notify you of any calls you’ve missed on your Windows 10 Mobile device. You can then ignore the notification, or send a reply by SMS.
You can also send an SMS from your PC at any time by speaking or typing “text” into Cortana, as you would on your smartphone. Cortana will send the message via your smartphone, so it will appear no different to a regular message when it’s seen by the recipient.
If you have multiple Windows 10 PCs and you don’t want to receive missed call notifications on all of them, you’ll be pleased to know you can disable the feature on individual machines from within Cortana’s settings menu.
The latest Windows 10 Mobile build also brings deeper Skype integration through Messaging, Phone, and Skype video apps. The Messaging app also supports animated GIFs and now has a useful search function. You can also search contacts in your call history in Phone.
Microsoft has also made improvements to Cortana, the Photo app, and storage settings — and added the ability to save offline maps. The full list of changes can be found on the Windows Blog.