Microsoft today announced that it will soon release a new app for Windows 10 called “Your Phone” which will allow users to mirror their phones to their PCs. It announced this app at its Build 2018 developers’ conference today. The idea behind this app is to enable users to mirror their handset directly to their desktop computer. The app will then let the PC access photos, text, notifications, and more from the connected handset.
Your Phone for Windows 10 will also make it easier for users to share content between the devices. For example, they will simply be able to drag their photos from their phone to the PC without even having to pick up the device.
The functionality that this app offers will vary by platform – iOS and Android – but the company has said that the app will be able to mirror the entire Android phone interface to a PC. This means that users won’t even have to pick up their smartphone when they have it mirrored to their PC.
The idea is similar to Dell’s Mobile Connect concept which also allows for calls and notifications from a connected smartphone to be displayed on the PC. HP offers similar functionality through its Orbit app.
Microsoft has announced that it will begin testing the Your Phone app with Windows Insiders this week. It will rely on the feedback to decide just how this will be incorporated as a full feature in the public version of Windows 10 down the line.