What if all of your devices are running Windows 10, and all of them are reacting if you are saying ‘Hey Cortana’ to one of them? That’s actually a real problematic thing, even if you do only have a desktop PC and a phone, both running Windows 10. If you are sitting at your desk and want to ask Cortana something on your PC, your phone should not react and try to fulfill the same thing. That is a problem which does not sound very dramatic in first case but if you think twice about it, it can be very confusing if this doesn’t get solved. With the Windows Anniversary Update Microsoft will roll out the same operating system for Tablets, PC’s, Phones and Consoles at the same time. All of them will then run a sort of Windows 10 and almost all of them will be reacting to this phrase.
Gladly Microsoft is working on a solution for that already. Recently the company has registered a patent which brings up a solution where devices are talking to each other in order to decided which one should react. Well ‘talking’, of course they are not talking to each other but they are kind of. Microsoft will implement some factors like for example if you are currently browsing the web on your phone or on your PC, factors to detect which device you are using. Your device will then communicate with each other before they fully wake up and decide which one should answer you.
The following figure has been uploaded by Microsoft together with the patent registration, which is describing the process pretty well if you give it a closer look. Currently this patent is called ‘Device Arbitration For Listening Devices‘
This is just a small step for now, but it may have bigger results in the bright future of Windows 10. Imagine if your Phone and PC can really interact with each other so that one device can hand over commands to another one which can then fulfill the task. For example if you want to write a text message or you want to call someone, your PC can’t do this but it can forward the command to your phone or tablet.
Personally I am looking forward to the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and beyond. Microsoft is very innovative currently and there are still a lot of possibilities they can implement in Windows in the future.
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