Here's the thing. I'm not going to jump on the "Google has had this" or "is this Apple's Mail Drop" or some such thing. It's to be expected that all vendors will adopt features and such from others and make them their own. I have no issue with that.
What I do take issue with and these "press release" stories that not only don't make any effort to compare and contrast different solutions as part of the story they don't even mention them.
Worse, in this article, the author seems to fawn over this with comments such as " By upping its pace of innovation, pushing a cross-platform strategy, and building an ecosystem that keeps data available while workers are on the move, Microsoft hopes to put such doubts to rest." This statement is made without any mention of the other solutions from Google or Apple. Not a even a mention or nod to Apple's Continuity or Handoff the ultimate in "keeps data available while workers are on the move". How are we as readers then to view announcements like this?
I don't want to pick on this author when it's prevalent throughout the media space. There are VERY few real reporters now and even fewer people who have a deep understanding of technology broadly and how it's used.
For me these regurgitations of press releases, side bar conversations, or presentation are getting old.