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Windows Finally Gets One of the Mac’s Best Features

Mac owners have long enjoyed features like Messages for sending texts from their computers and AirDrop for sharing photos and videos from their iPhones to their Macs.

Today, Microsoft has rolled out its attempt to get a foot in that door.

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Microsoft Mobility Head of Program Management Vishnu Nath announced on Thursday that its Your Phone app is rolling out in beta to the "Fast Ring" of Windows Insiders, the group of users who test the newest Microsoft builds.

Microsoft originally announced its Your Phone app at this year's Build developer conference, which is designed to let you access text messages, photos and notifications on your Windows PC.

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At its Build keynote, Microsoft demoed the app with an Android phone, showing how you can access texts and photos. It also showed copying of images from a Windows desktop into a text. There's also a Notifications tab that shows everything from an Android phone.

As a beta, this app still has limitations. For one, you can only use it to share photos. Eventually, Microsoft says, the app will allow you to share messages, photos, and notifications.

The app is also only available for Android now, but Microsoft claims that iOS functionality is on its way.

That said, users who want to share messages and notifications right now are hardly at a loss for options. Microsoft's Continue on PC allows users to share web pages, emails and documents from their phone to their PC, allowing them to continue what they're doing on another device.

Google's own Android Messages lets you send and receive texts from a Windows PC, but it doesn't offer other features.

Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of You Phone.

  • mlpierce000
    Uh, no... there's quite a few more features missing. Don't misunderstand me. I love me some Windows 10. Best Windows ever. I have a Razer Blade Pro 2017, and I'm thinking about buying a HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, except I kinda feel bad giving a company that does nothing but succeed by copying Apple. And I give credit where credit is due. I wish Microsoft Edge ran on Mac. Safari, as of late, is shit.

    Anyway, Windows 10 as good as it is, is still just not as "civilized" as the Mac. Consider Target Disk mode on the Mac, where I can connect one Mac to another and use it as an external drive. Even boot from the external Mac if I like. Stuff like that. Consider that the Mac doesn't have that dreaded single point of failure that Microsoft should have gotten rid of long ago.. The Registry. And ultimately wherever Windows can do what the Mac can do, the Mac just does it much more easily.

    Still, it's gotten so I have to admit its 6 in one hand half a dozen in the other. My new MacBook Pro though, with 32GB of RAM, is currently simultaneously running the MacOS and a virtual Windows 10 and a Virtual Ubuntu Linux. For development, it's hard to beat a Mac. For testing systems integration it's invaluable. I can simulate all kinds of mixed environments very easily. macOS talking to Windows Server and Exchange all on one MacBook Pro, for instance. Not to mention I can do iOS development on Mac.
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