With Microsoft’s recent transformation under Satya Nadella’s leadership, we have seen the company embrace competing platforms in this cloud first mobile first era. Microsoft has started to deploy many of its first class services on competing platforms, giving less and less reason why one would choose a Windows Phone over iOS or Android.
If we put UIs and hardware aside, concentrating on apps and services only, a major advantage of owning a Windows Phone is probably Cortana – now that pretty much everything else Microsoft offers is on iOS and Android. With her future presence in Windows 10 and Xbox One combined with Microsoft’s machine learning intelligence engine, the possibilities are very intriguing as she collects data across all of these devices and possibly even more data points.
Cortana could possibly provide with a glimpse of an AI experience that we’ve seen in Sci-Fi movies in the not so distant future, especially if your house is surrounded with Microsoft devices. However, many users still don’t care for such things and these possibilities are still yet to be realized. So what else is so good about being in the Windows ecosystem? Why else would one care about buying a Windows Phone if they can run pretty much all of Microsoft’s services on their iOS or Android device?
Well, it seems that Microsoft is planning on adding some additional benefits to its ecosystem with Windows 10. According to a rumour which came to Design & Trend from Softpedia, Windows Phone 10 may be ready to preview as early as next month and will feature wireless transfers, media steaming capabilities and the ability to make and receive phone calls from Windows PCs.
Microsoft is striving in providing deeper integration with Windows 10 PCs and phones. The ability to send and receive files between phones and PCs, or even accessing and editing a Word document on your phone which is stored on your PCs hard drive will be a seamless experience. Streaming media from a Windows 10 phone will also be made easy from a Windows 10 based PC.
Perhaps the most interesting feature would be the ability to send and receive phone calls on your PC from Windows 10 phone devices. This function would be similar to Apple’s new Handoff feature currently between iPad’s, iPhones and MacBook computers.
These new features are only rumours so far, but given what Microsoft has been doing with their new OS so far and the fact that it can run across a staggering array of different device types, these features do not seem far fetched at all. In fact, we still expect surprises with rich features in this January’s Windows 10 event.