Microsoft Links Windows 10 to Android, iOS Phones
Microsoft's new Phone Companion app extends the Windows 10 experience, including Cortana, to iPhones and Android handsets.Microsoft's ever-expanding embrace of competitors' mobile operating system platforms continues with a new app for the company's upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Included with the company's new flagship OS when it launches this summer is the Phone Companion app, which helps extend select Windows 10 functionality to iPhones, Android and, of course, Windows smartphones. "Regardless of the operating systems you choose across your devices—everything important to you should roam across the products you already own—including your phone," blogged Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group. When the app is launched on a Windows 10 PC, it prompts users to select the type of phone they own. Hinting at Microsoft's unified Windows software ecosystem, Belfiore revealed that Windows smartphones will work seamlessly with Phone Companion while iPhone and Android users will "need to follow a few easy steps to get the right apps on your phone to make it work great in conjunction with your Windows 10 PC." After the setup process is complete, users' files and content will be shared across their Windows PC and smartphones by enlisting the help of other mobile apps from Microsoft.
"With the OneDrive app setup correctly on your phone, every photo you take on your phone will show up automatically in the Photos app on your Windows 10 PC," Belfiore said. An upcoming version of the company's Music app will similarly make users' playlists available on Android and iOS phones. Finally, OneNote notebooks and Office documents will sync across devices.