Microsoft demos method for linking an Android phone to your PC; iOS support coming soon

Microsoft released a new update called the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16251 to let Android users test a new phone-to-PC linking application. This will enable users to share a website link directly from the their phone to the PC. The company has said that support for iPhone users will be out soon as currently, this application is only available for Android.

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If you're in Microsoft's Insider Preview Program, the first step is to go to settings after installing the new build and linking your phone. An option for the latter will be present in the 'Settings' app. An SMS will shortly be provided by Microsoft to install an application called “Microsoft Apps” for Android phones. This new phone-to-PC link will "enable one of Microsoft's first cross-device browsing scenarios", says Microsoft.

With this link, while browsing the net on your phone, if you wish to see a particular website on your PC, you can simply invoke the native share experience on"Microsoft Apps" by using the "Continue on PC" option. At first you will be asked to sign into your Microsoft account.

This is one of many features that Microsoft plans on using to bind Windows 10 with Android and iOS for cross-device interoperability. In the future, this might also include sharing content to and from PC's and also copy-pasting between the devices via a universal clipboard, according to The Verge.

Among other updates there is one which enables the user to view Cortana results within the digital assistant, without the need to start the web browser. Cortana will also now support voice commands like “Hey Cortana, shutdown my PC".


Published Date: Jul 27, 2017 11:56 am | Updated Date: Jul 27, 2017 11:56 am