Microsoft is working on improving the Bluetooth device pairing experience, and bits of a new feature—called Quick Pair, internally—are starting to show up in preview builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4.
Here’s how it will work: Instead of fumbling with magic button hold sequences and blinking LEDs, you will instead hold a headset (or other supported device) near a Windows machine and it will light it up immediately after simply tapping a toast notification.
Or that’s the idea, rather.
It’s too early to say for sure, but some poking around points to Quick Pair using the same Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth LE functionality that Apple AirPods and Google Android Fast Pair-enabled devices use today. It remains to be seen, however, if Microsoft will embrace and interoperate with the current device ecosystem or simply use Quick Pair in its own hardware, like the Xbox One controller and Surface accessories.
I suspect we’ll see a little bit of both.
I reached out to Google to ask if compatibility talks have started yet. If I hear back, I’ll update this post.