Microsoft knows you probably don’t have a Windows phone… so the company has been busy releasing apps for Android and iOS in recent years. A few months ago the company also unveiled a new app that would bring new features to Windows for folks that have an iPhone or Android device… and now the company says the Your Phone app will be available to members of the Windows Insider preview program “soon.”
The company is laying the groundwork with the release of Windows Insider preview build 17728.
So what will Your Phone be able to do?
Microsoft says it’s starting with a few features, including:
- Android: Take a picture on your phone and it will automatically be backed up to your PC, where you can see it from the Recent Photos section of the app. You’ll be able to drag and drop photos from the app into other applications including PowerPoint.
- iPhone: Send web pages from your phone to your PC to pick up browsing where you left off
In the future Microsoft plans to add the ability to send text messages from your PC, view smartphone notifications, and interact with phone content in other ways without unlocking your phone or taking it out of your pocket.
In order to use Your Phone on a PC, you’ll need to install an app on your smartphone. Microsoft says it supports Andorid 7.0 or later. There’s no word on the minimum requirements for iOS users.
Other changes in preview build 17728 include improvements for Narrator and a bunch of bug fixes. You can find out more in Microsoft’s blog post.
Funny how Microsoft calls this app “Your Phone”, but they took away the name “My Computer”.
I use rsync-backup-for-android and tasker to push my photos and pull new mp3 files to my phone once a day. Been doing that for 5 years now. The only local files that my PC has are steam game binaries… all data goes on the linux file server.
So, they will soon have 5% of the phone integration functionality I have been having on Linux desktops for years (with KDE Connect).
Well, it is better late than never.
More correctly, MSFT will be starting to offer some features offered by other apps already.
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