New Microsoft Graph helps connect devices to Android and iPhone
We're announcing today Windows Timeline.
The easiest way to get back to whatever you were working on.
So, I want to take you on a little journey here and show you how Timeline works.
We're gonna start on one device, but then we're gonna expand our thinking to cross-devices.
So let's think of Sherry again at work on her Surface Studio.
She's running some Windows apps here like always, and when she goes down to the task switcher button, you'll see the UI has evolved to include timeline.
Below is a history of all the app activity and web activity that she's been doing.
And you see these beautiful adaptive cards?
Those beautiful cards were implemented because the app developer called the Project Roam APIs to provide an adaptive card to the Microsoft Graph.
For sharing, this is simple.
She can pan back in time and just pick an app.
She just goes up here, clicks the Search button and she can type whatever terms she wants.
And we'll look at all that activity data.
She types kitchen cuz she wants to pick up her kitchen remodel project and when she does the PowerPoint deck opens up and goes exactly back to where she was last using it.
Now this gets even more interesting when you think about Multiple devices.
So let's imagine that Sherry's got her brand new Surface Book and she hasn't opened the kitchen remodel file on it.
She hasn't moved it to that device.
But when she starts using it, the right things just happen.
As she begins using it, Cortana, implemented as an AI in the cloud, able to look at that graph data.
recognizes that Sherry was just working on the kitchen remodel project on her desktop PC so [UNKNOWN] suggests that she might pick up where she left off.
She clicks the power point item the file is pulled from the cloud she didn't need to put it on her PC in the first place as she picks up exactly where she left off.
With the data in the cloud, the content and the activity data we can use AI's to prompt and help make these activities move smoothly from one device to the next.
So imagine Sherry's in the meeting with the architect and their working on their slide deck, they're thinking about where they might bring the client to look at some furniture samples for the kitchen remodel.
And time passes, the architect leaves, and Sherry decides she's gonna kill some time by reading the news.
So she launches a new reader app on Windows.
And she realizes it's time for lunch, so she closes her laptop lid, grabs her phone, in this case it's an iPhone and when she heads off for lunch there's [UNKNOWN] again installed on the iPhone and IA based in the cloud looking at all the data in the Microsoft graph and knowing she was just using a news reader app on windows so [UNKNOWN] prompts would you like to pick up where you left off?
Sherry chases the notification and Cortana opens.
And you can see, here's timeline aware Cortana, on the iPhone, serving up the things Sherry's been doing.
She might resume her kitchen remodel task, but in this case she wants to keep reading the news so she clicks the news reader link.
The news reader app resumes right back to where she was And Sherry can keep reading.
One of the beautiful things about this system is that these apps can register with the Microsoft graph.
And if we know that the app is available across platform device, than at that point we can prompt the user to install.
And that's another way that we can help patch these gaps, so as Sherry moves from her PC to the phone, or the other way around If a cross-platform app is available, we'll help the user get it installed.
So the Windows timeline, with these things in the graph all provide a powerful new way for Sherry to move from device to device and resume the things she was working on.
Now we realize that Some of you are asking yourself this question.
We realized that people might not know what they need to do to get their phones connected to their PCs, and make these cross device scenarios happen.
So one of the things we're working on in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is a way to help users discover this.
You see here a phone item at the top level of settings to help people realize they can connect their iPhone, their Android phone, or their Windows phone to their Windows PCs and get a great cross-device experience.
You'll see this show up in insider builds and we'll iterate on this and improve it as we go.