Microsoft announced a new Your Phone functionality for Windows 10 as part of their range of Surface product announcement.
The feature will let Android users view and use an app on their device from a Windows desktop. The feature, which Microsoft is calling app mirroring, shows up in Windows as an app called Your Phone. It seems to be working best with Android for now. The feature will enable Android users to conveniently replicate applications from their smartphone onto their PC, and provide access to photos and text messages.
While Microsoft didn’t delve into too many details during its unveiling event in New York City, but it advertises Your Phone as an app mirroring features for Android devices. In the beginning, Your Phone will support mirroring just the stock Android texting application and photos app.
Microsoft describes the feature as:
“Pausing a task on your PC to respond to a text or notification on your phone can instantly break focus and take you out of your flow. The Your Phone App brings instant access to your texts and photos from your Android phone right on your PC, enabling you to stay productive and maintain your focus.”
Microsoft also revealed at the event, how the feature can allow for the mirroring of third-party applications. Snapchat was the app chosen to be demonstrated, but Microsoft teases that their expanded app mirroring will be available later.
The core function of Your Phone is now available with the new Windows 10 October 2018 update. Microsoft has hopes that the functionality will allow to “bridge the gap” between PCs and Android devices, but whether or not that is the case still remains to be seen.