Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview that brings Android phone calls to PCs

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Besides answering incoming calls on a PC, users can make calls from the PC, decline calls on the PC with custom text, access recent call history, and transfer calls between a PC and Android phone.

Instead of running Android apps, Windows 10X runs Win32 apps and UWP programs, similarly to the Windows 10 you know today, albeit optimized for a touch-based, folding interface, without any form of cellular calling capabilities.

Initiate phone calls from your PC using in-app dialer or contact list.

The "Calls" feature was originally announced at the Samsung Unpacked event in August, before being showcased at Microsoft's Surface event last week.

One of the most recent other changes is the addition of a charge level indicator so you can tell if your smartphone has finished charging without actually having to go pick it up.

As for Build 18999 itself, there were few new features other than the ability to move and resize the window for Microsoft's unloved assistant, Cortana, being rolled out to all Fast Ring Insiders.

Besides this, Microsoft has also put up a notice as a reminder for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users, warning them that the extended support for these two operating systems is about to end in the next two months and that they will no longer receive updates as of January 14, 2020. Right now, the feature has started rolling out to Windows Insiders.

Please note that Microsoft is still in the process of expanding language/region support of the new Cortana app (as discussed here), and Insiders outside of English (United States) will see a message when launching Cortana saying "Cortana isn't available". The company warns, "In certain instances, Calls feature may require you to pair your mobile phone and PC again".

We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing error 0x8007023e when installing updates.

As always, before installing the build, make sure to check out the known issues before proceeding.

We fixed an issue where when on battery saver SearchFilterHost.exe might use an unexpectedly high volume of CPU.

Microsoft fixed an issue where, when capturing a repro video while filing a bug via Feedback Hub in Windows Mixed Reality, you couldn't select Stop video.

Not only this, but the new cumulative update is also causing problems with the Start menu (again) whereby it crashes and won't operate - not until Microsoft's patch is removed.



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