Today at the Build 2018 developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft debuted an upcoming app for Windows 10 that will allow you to mirror your iOS device on your PC. Called "Your Phone," the feature will supposedly give you access to your text messages, photos, and notifications, offering a more seamless integration than the company has ever introduced before.
According to a piece by Zac Bowden for Windows Central, Microsoft's Your Phone will allow you to "make it so you don't need to keep switching back and forth between your PC and your smartphone when working on an essay or doing research." This is especially beneficial for iPhone users who prefer PCs for their work — as long as they're using the iOS version of Microsoft's Edge browser, they'll be able to perform a handful of important functions directly from their computer like responding to texts and dragging and dropping iPhone photos into documents. Of course, only Android phones have been confirmed for the full mirroring experience, leaving many with the assumption that functionality will be more limited on iOS devices. However, Microsoft hasn't exactly released any specific details regarding this, so the actual level of iPhone integration remains to be seen.
Your Phone is reportedly coming to Insiders for testing sometime this week. As Bowden states, Microsoft has not yet announced a precise release window for the feature, so it may or may not show up in Redstone 5, the next major Windows update due later this year.
Do you feel that Microsoft will be successful in marrying Windows 10 and iOS users? If you use both Windows and iOS products, are you optimistic about the new Your Phone feature? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Tory Foulk is a writer at Mobile Nations. She lives at the intersection of technology and sorcery and enjoys radio, bees, and houses in small towns. When she isn't working on articles, you'll likely find her listening to her favorite podcasts in a carefully curated blanket nest. You can follow her on Twitter at @tsfoulk.
I can already do this with my Mac!
Yeah, but you also can't upgrade or repair your Mac yourself. Some people like replacing their own HDD.
And what if you don't like Windows (and there's a lot of reason not to)? Then your only option is Hackintosh
So, they'll read your iMessages? Or you turn off iMessage? Or this doesn't really work, and they wanted to make people think it did to get the idea there first?
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