Microsoft has announced a new feature that’s going to bring Windows a little bit closer to macOS.
Announced at the company’s Build 2018 conference in Seattle, Microsoft plans on launching ‘Your Phone’ — a Windows 10 feature that will allow users to access text messages, photos and notifications stored on their mobile devices directly from their Windows computers.
“Imagine being able to quickly drag and drop your phone’s photos into a document on your PC in one swift movement — without having to take your phone out of your pocket,” said Joe Belfiore, during the May 7th, 2018 Build keynote.
Your Phone seems similar to Apple’s ‘Continuity’ feature, which allows Mac users to send text messages, answer phone calls, and even maintain a universal clipboard between iPhone, iPad and Mac devices.
Microsoft says Your Phone will begin rolling out to Windows Insider Program members soon.
An updated Microsoft Launcher for Android
Microsoft also used their Build conference to announce an updated Microsoft Launcher application for Android.
Not only will the Microsoft Launcher updated support enterprise customers, the launcher will also support the new Windows 10 Timeline for “cross-device application launching.”
Individuals who prefer iOS need not worry, because Microsoft said that it will allow iPhone users to access Timeline on their devices “later this year.”
Timeline monitors user activity for 30 days and compiles that activity into an organized page.
The goal is to provide Windows users with a complete snapshot of their usage activity, in order to better locate past documents, photos, and web searches in a single, comprehensive space.
As of right now, iOS users can access Timeline through the Microsoft Edge mobile app.