Cortana will soon be able to sync up all your Android phone notifications to Windows 10

The new feature would even allow you to dismiss notifications right from your PC, enabling you to leave the phone on your desk more often.

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Your Android phone and Windows 10 are about to be buddies.

During a session at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, the company shared that digital assistant Cortana will one day be able to replicate notifications from your Android phone to a Windows 10 PC. 

You’ll even be able to dismiss them, which would liberate you from the need to constantly fiddle with your phone while you’re working at your PC. According to a report from the conference, Cortana will access these user notifications through its own cloud and then push them over to Windows 10. Presumably this would enable you to receive the same alert on multiple devices and then dismiss all of them at once. 

No timeline was offered, only that this would be coming to a “future version of Windows.” 

Why this matters: There are several good apps that replicate notifications and tie your Android phone and PC closer together, like Pushbullet and AirDroid. But native support in Windows would be nice to have, as it would mean one less third-party application to mess with. The tie-in to Cortana could also result in other niceties, as Cortana can give Google Now and Hound a run for their money when it comes to machine learning assistants. 

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