Microsoft-Lenovo today announced a partnership that delivers exclusive, enhanced Cortana experience for Lenovo Windows devices. Pair REACHit and Cortana to power an astonishing array of features. Cortana learns your world and can do more amazing things for you, it works even if your content lives on another Windows 10 device – or in the cloud!
When you ask Cortana and REACHit to help you find a file, Cortana will search based on specific things you remember about the last time you saw it, like:
- Where you were
- Who sent it to you
- What device you were on
- Where it’s stored
- What it’s called
- When you last opened it
- What kind of file it is
- Who you were with
By using Cortana and REACHit on Windows 10 PCs or Tablets, you can use voice or text input to find files stored in the cloud, devices, and even individual emails. You can use natural language like ‘find the photos I took at Jane’s wedding’,and REACHit will use metadata like file-type, keywords, dates and locations to produce the most relevant results. Users in the US and China can sign up now to join the REACHit for Windows 10 Beta program that starts when Cortana and Windows 10 are available this Summer. Public access to Cortana and REACHit will begin in the Fall. Sign-up here.
Cortana is the personal digital assistant available across Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones that allows users to talk or type naturally to get things done. Cortana and REACHit extends the sources from which content can be found. Using a unique user-assigned Lenovo ID, Cortana and REACHit together access data about the content to retrieve a wide variety of a user’s personal content – whether its photos, video, files or emails. Lenovo REACHit reaches across the user’s personal cloud services and their connected Lenovo Windows 10 PCs and tablets to find the content.
For example, a user wants to find a photo hat she edited on her Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop last week. Now she can access it while she’s away from her laptop at the coffee shop by using her Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet. She no longer needs to go home and work on the laptop. And by using Cortana and REACHit, she doesn’t even have to remember the name of the photo file – just the location where she edited it, or the date or another piece of relevant information. For example, she could search by saying: “Cortana, find the picture I edited last week on my ThinkPad X1 Carbon.” Or “Cortana, find the picture I worked on at Starbucks last week.”
Cortana and REACHit search her personal cloud accounts including services beyond Microsoft and Windows like Google Drive, DropBox and Box. Without REACHit, users can only look for files on their device they are currently using and OneDrive. REACHit makes Cortana even smarter.
“We are living in a world where technology has made it easy to amass unprecedented amounts of personal digital content,” said Mark Cohen, Vice President, Ecosystem and Cloud Services, Lenovo. “So much information that it can be extremely difficult to remember where it is stored. What you need is an assistant – a friend – who is always at the ready to help. That is where Cortana and REACHit comes in, enabling people to find their personal content in an incredibly natural way – by asking a friend for help.”
“It’s great to see Lenovo building on the Windows and Cortana platform to create a unique and valuable solution that will help our joint customers be more productive across their devices and services,” said Peter Han, vice president, Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft and Lenovo teams held creative design sessions, advanced hardware discussions, even late night coding marathons to deliver Cortana and REACHit.”
Cortana and REACHit will be available as a beta when Windows 10 launches later this summer. More information can be found at:. It will be generally available for download in the fall.