At its Build conference, Microsoft said that it wanted to make PCs and phones work better together. It wanted to make it easier for users to link their phones to their PCs so that they could take advantage of cross-device web browsing even if they use an Android or iOS smartphone. The latest Windows 10 preview that Microsoft has released today enables users to link Android phone to PC.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16251 is available to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring today. This cross-device feature will let users share links from their Android smartphone to a Windows 10 PC.
The feature can be enabled from Settings > Phone in the latest Windows 10 preview build. Users will have to download an app called Microsoft Apps on their Android smartphone to complete the link between the handset and the PC.
Users will also be able to continue their web browsing sessions on a PC. They just have to open up the native share window on their phone and tap on the “Continue on PC” option. The option will first ask them to sign into their Microsoft account. It won’t work if users don’t use the same Microsoft Account that they are signed in with on the PC.
Tapping on the option will immediately open the website on the linked PC. This is the first such scenario that Microsoft is testing out for linked smartphones. The company will eventually allow users to share content to and from linked PCs and even allow users to copy and paste content between devices via a universal clipboard.
Only Android users can test this functionality out right now. Microsoft says that support for iPhone is coming very soon.