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Microsoft working on a feature for Redstone that's similar to Apple's Handoff

When Microsoft kicks off its annual developer conference Build on Wednesday, one of the big focuses will be Continuum, the feature that turns your Windows phone into a PC or your Windows PC into a tablet. While I'm sure that the firm will mention improvements for Continuum for Phones, such as windowed apps, it looks like it has something even more exciting in tow.

According to a report from WinBeta, the upcoming Redstone update will contain a "Pick up where I left off" feature, which will be similar to Apple's Handoff.

The way it would work is that you might be working on a Word document on your PC, open Word on your phone, and then be presented with an option to pick up where you left off. Of course, the feature works the other way around, allowing you to pick up where you left off on your PC.

Of course, this won't be limited to Office applications. As the report states, you can pull up navigation on your PC and then pass it off to your phone. Other apps will work as well.

This also implies that there will be greater integration between Windows 10 for PCs and Mobile, which was always the plan. We now have integrated Skype apps; however, on phones, those apps double as stock Phone and Messaging apps. Since we gained the ability to send texts through Cortana in the Threshold 2 update in November, it stands to reason that with something like this, users will soon be able to send texts from the Messaging + Skype app on their Windows 10 PCs.

Speaking of Cortana, she will also provide a helpful reminder, just in case you're unaware of the new feature.

Of course, as with all rumors and leaks, there are still unknowns, such as how this will be branded and if it might work with non-Windows phones. After all, if the feature is contained inside of the application, there's no reason that we shouldn't be able to pick up where we left off on Office for Android, but now we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Build 2016 kicks off in just two days, so we'll know more then. Make sure to stay tuned to Neowin for more Build news!

Source: WinBeta

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