One of the best features of Windows 8 is that if you sign on to someone else's PC, your preferences and accounts will be all ready for you. It's as though you're using your personal machine. Now, it's time to take this cloud intelligence to the next level. By more closely aligning Windows Phone and Windows 8, you should be able to buy an app or game and have it automatically show up on your phone and tablet at the same time. And if you pin your favorite sports team or a Spotify playlist to your Start screen, you should have the option of having it show up on both your slate and handset. Given that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 supposedly use much of the same code — at least for developing apps — Microsoft needs to step up the synergistic benefits of the two platforms ASAP.