I must admit when Satya Nadella strode onto the Unpacked stage today for a moment I thought Samsung and Microsoft were announcing a merger, such was the amount of love Samsung was showing Microsoft.
In the end, the results of their collaboration were much more mundane but still useful for Note 10 productivity hounds.
The first is more Microsoft apps bundled with the device, including OneDrive, Outlook, Your Phone app (Link to Windows), and access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Connecting your phone and Windows 10 PC
With Microsoft’s Your Phone, you can stay more productive on your Windows 10 PC. With the ability to access your recent photos, text messages, notifications and mobile apps right on your PC, you can stay in your flow, without the need to switch between devices. And now, with native integration of Link to Windows on Galaxy Note10, many more users will likely take advantage of this feature.
Microsoft is also offering the new Phone screen feature, which allows you to access your Android phone’s apps, right from your PC while using your keyboard and mouse, or touch screen, to Note 10 users later this month. Users can try out multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom, rotate, or swipe from their PC’s touchscreen while using Phone screen. Even later, Microsoft is planning to introduce the ability to make and receive mobile calls directly from your PC. Accept the call, reply with a text, or send the caller to voicemail right from your PC.
Your photos and files synced and available across devices
OneDrive makes it easy to back up, protect, share and access your photos and files from any of your devices, anywhere. Today Microsoft also announced that soon, OneDrive will be natively integrated into the Samsung Gallery app, providing automatic syncing of your photos and videos and enabling new protection and cross-device experiences. The Galaxy Note10 will be the first to get the OneDrive integration, with more Samsung devices to follow. Coming this fall, you’ll have the option to sync your photos and videos to the cloud where they will be safe and accessible across all your devices.
You can also securely store IDs, travel docs and other important files in OneDrive Personal Vault, a protected area of OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, or a PIN. Locked files in the Personal Vault have an extra layer of security, keeping them more secured in the event someone gains access to your account or device.
OneDrive customers can get 5GB of free storage with the option to purchase 100 GB or an Office 365 subscription which includes 1 TB plus other premium features including simple recovery from malicious malware and ransomware attacks.
Outlook and Office apps help you get more done on the go
To help people get more done on the go, Outlook, a top-rated mail and calendar app, is pre-installed with Galaxy Note10. With Outlook, you can access your email, calendar, contacts and files in one convenient app – helping you to save time and focus on what matters. Additionally, Galaxy Note10 users will now have enhanced integration with the S Pen. Samsung aficionados already know they can hover over emails to preview them and take quick actions like archive, delete, flag, or reply. Now, Samsung customers can hover over a contact in email to get detailed information at a glance – tap to chat, call, or email all from your inbox. Or with Outlook’s integrated calendar and contacts, view invitations in your inbox alongside appointments for the rest of your day and hover with the S Pen to accept/decline.
Additionally, Outlook has expanded support for the Samsung ecosystem. Outlook for Android is launching an updated user experience for tablets. You can now see your folders, message list and reading pane all together with a three-pane view – and, it’s flexible so you can expand the reading pane based on your personal preference. When connected using the Samsung DeX Station for PC, you can open multiple messages in separate windows and interact with Outlook with your mouse and keyboard. Lastly, Microsoft is planning to launch a new Outlook app for Samsung Galaxy wearables in the future so you can get things done even when your mobile phone is not in hand.
Galaxy Note10 will also include access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint to offer an untethered Office experience on the go. Familiar and powerful editing, formatting and management tools make it as easy to work on files on your mobile device as it is on your desktop, so that you can continue working even if you’re away from your computer.
Experience the new Galaxy Note10 at Microsoft Store
Visit the Microsoft Store online or in person to preorder and experience the new Galaxy Note10. Beginning Aug. 23, you can trade-in select mobile devices at your local Microsoft Store and receive up to $650 in trade-in value to use towards the purchase of a new Galaxy Note10.
New Galaxy Book S delivers Gigabit LTE connectivity
Samsung also unveiled on stage today the new Galaxy Book S. Developed in partnership with Microsoft and Qualcomm, this new Windows 10 PC offers Gigabit LTE connectivity to the cloud, touch-to-wake capabilities, the leading Snapdragon 8cx compute platform, and a premium design that that is ultra-slim and light-weight for uncompromised mobility. Galaxy Book S will be available this fall in select markets.
Microsoft promises more collaboration in the future, saying the above announcements is just the start.