Latest Windows 10 build brings many Cortana improvements


Ivan Jenic
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Microsoft introduced plenty of new features and improvements to Windows 10 Preview with the latest build 14316. The list of enhancements has a special emphasis on Cortana, Microsoft’s every trusty virtual assistant, and focuses on its cross-platform compatibility.

The latest build brings low battery Cortana notifications, the ability to ring your phone with Cortana, and the ability to share maps and routes between devices. These additions will improve cross-compatibility between Windows 10 PCs and other devices, with Microsoft promising to include even more features to come in future builds.

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Cortana improvements in Windows 10 Preview build 14316

We already reported about the addition of low battery notifications in Cortana, a feature that would allow you to receive notifications when your Windows 10 Mobile device needs charging. Alongside this is the ability to locate your Windows 10 Mobile device from a Windows 10 PC, and even make it ring. This will be extremely useful if you lose your phone as you’ll be able to locate it with Cortana. Unfortunately, we think (but unfortunately haven’t been able to try out) that this option only works if Location services are enabled on your phone.

To locate your phone with Cortana, just say “Hey Cortana, find my phone,” and she will show you the exact location of your device on the map. When Cortana finds your phone, you can expand the map or even make it ring in case you lost it in your room, for instance.

The last addition is the ability to share directions from Maps between Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 Mobile. When you ask Cortana to find you a direction to a certain place, she will show results on your computer and automatically sync them with your Windows 10 Mobile device so you can access them on the go.

As we said, these additions will improve the integration between Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 Mobile. But Microsoft doesn’t plan to stop here, as the company plans to deliver even more Cortana cross-platform abilities for even more devices.

As soon as Microsoft releases, or at least announces, new features for its virtual assistant, we’ll make sure to let you know. Stay tuned.

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