Microsoft debuts 'Your Phone' app promising to mirror iPhone on Windows PCs

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At its annual Build conference in Seattle, Microsoft on Monday revealed "Your Phone," an upcoming app that will let people mirror iPhone and Android interfaces in Windows 10.

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Only Android has been confirmed as getting full mirroring, including access to things like photos, files, texts, and notifications. Owners of the iPhone should be able to handle many essential functions from a paired Windows PC, saving the trouble of constantly picking up an iPhone and unlocking it. The iOS version of Microsoft's Edge browser will be required.

Your Phone will begin testing with Windows Insiders members this week. Feedback will be used to shape its development, which could lead to inclusion in "Redstone 5," a major Windows 10 update due this fall.

Functionality will presumably be somewhat limited on iPhones, since Apple's sandboxing and API access policies are more restrictive than Android for security purposes. At present, few details are known about the functionality, limited to a limited disclosure about the feature at the Build conference keynote.

Similar smartphone pairing options have been tried before. A key example is Apple's Continuity, which lets iPhone owners make calls and texts from a Mac, and carry over work and Web browsing using compatible apps.
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  • Reply 1 of 27
    IanSIanS Posts: 26member
    In the words of Bart Simpson 'ha ha'
    king editor the gratewatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 27
    Good old Microsoft, specialists of solutions in search of a problem.
    olscornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 27
    If I can use my W10 PC and have integration with my iPhone on a similar level as when I use my Mac Pro and iPhone, that's a good thing. It just comes down to at what cost and having to filth up my iPhone with Edge.
    olswatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 27
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,181member
    Mmmmm … thanks, but no. 
    racerhomie3olschiacornchipjony0pscooter63watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 27
    tylersdadtylersdad Posts: 136member
    If I can use my W10 PC and have integration with my iPhone on a similar level as when I use my Mac Pro and iPhone, that's a good thing. It just comes down to at what cost and having to filth up my iPhone with Edge.
    Have you actually used Edge? It's quite speedy and functions considerably better than Safari.
  • Reply 6 of 27
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 699member
    It’s ok Microsoft, we know you are trying your best. But I will never touch a Windows computer in my personal life again. They have caused me enough misery for 1 lifetime.
    olsradarthekatcharlesgreswatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 27
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,283member
    Why is this being mocked? MS has 92 iPhone apps, 69 iPad apps, and 6 apps on the Mac App Store, not to mention all their other macOS apps. Why wouldn't MS want one of the most popular phones to be accessible on the most desktop OS? You bitch when they put they put their head in the sand, when their too slow to adopt to current trends, and then bitch again when they do something reasonable. :shakinghead:
    tylersdadMplsPjony0[Deleted User]jSnivelymuthuk_vanalingamelectrosoftbeowulfschmidt
  • Reply 8 of 27
    netroxnetrox Posts: 652member
    It's a great idea, honestly. There are many apps that don't have counterparts for MacOS and I would love to have apps on my MacOS rather than to use my iPhone to look at messages. 


  • Reply 9 of 27
    ivanhivanh Posts: 208member
    It’s ok Microsoft, we know you are trying your best. But I will never touch a Windows computer in my personal life again. They have caused me enough misery for 1 lifetime.
    I thought so. But recently I installed windows 10 with update 1803 on Virtual Box. Very impressive.  I used only 2 cores out of 8 and both the iMac and the VM are running without noticing the difference in speed not any slowing down. Quite like running an iPhone X on an iPhone 6. Definitely I’ll try “Your Phone” app.
  • Reply 10 of 27
    Good old Microsoft, specialists of solutions in search of a problem.
    lol
    dewmepscooter63
  • Reply 11 of 27
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 315member
    Desperate times and desperate measures from Microsoft?
    ols
  • Reply 12 of 27
    JinTech said:
    Desperate times and desperate measures from Microsoft?
    not if they charge the wonderful price of $9.99/month per device it isn't.

    I'm sure that Microsoft are preparing to introduce a load of subscription services.
    $2.99/month for solitaire
    $5.99/month for a media player
    $15.99/month for a half decent backup utility
    etc
    etc
    Still, it matters nowt to me as my last Windows system was reformatted and CentOS installed on it at least 6 months ago.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 27
    olsols Posts: 20member
    Bloatware now leaks to other platforms. Thank you for doing that to windows and now you want to do that to my Mac or my iPhone?
    No thank you.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 27
    dewmedewme Posts: 1,681member
    I guess I can see where this has some utility for people only using Windows 10 as their desktop OS and for people who are physically unable to lift an iPhone and manipulate the phone with their fingers. Some of the reported functionality like access to photos and files is redundant with the iCloud web portal and integrated iCloud support in Windows 10. I'll take a wait & see approach with this, but for those folks who are all-in with Apple this is of no value whatsoever. Using iCloud obviates the need for such a feature.

    Back when I was forced to use Windows I always ran into issues with the IT department when it came to binding any Apple (or Google) functionality with company PCs. Even the iCloud web portal was blocked. No data flow or synchronization between any corporate asset and personal asset was allowed. Sure, employees who had company issued locked-down iPhones and iPads (with no access to the real App Store) could sync via iTunes. I wonder how this new feature will play with IT departments?

    I used to love going to Microsoft PDC and early Build conferences because Microsoft treated developers like kings. Microsoft would simply firehose mountains of technology onto the dev community year after year and the stacks of CDs/DVDs would grow to monumental heights. Unfortunately most of the technology would be deprecated or go out of vogue before you or your company could get around to using it. Even worse, some devs would succeed in forcing doomed short-lived MS technology into a product and create a maintenance burden for the company. At some point Microsoft started giving away PCs, tablets, phones, PDAs, and high dollar value swag that transformed PDC into a swag grab fest. At one PDC they announced a big swag giveaway during the keynote and people started leaving immediately to claim their freebies. The next year they corrected this snafu by announcing the swag would only be available later in the week - so please don't walk out now. That was probably a sign of over compensating to keep up interest in what became a rather uninteresting time in Microsoft's evolution. I'm surprised they still get thousands of attendees to Build, but I suspect most of them are attending on "other people's money" and the entertainment and swag factor is still pretty good for the attendees. Not being negative either, it's just that the amount and quality of the dev resources that MS makes available online and through MSDN subscriptions makes Build redundant for most devs.
    edited May 7 pscooter63watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 27
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,391member
    Oh dear God!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 27
    vonbrickvonbrick Posts: 54member
    Soli said:
    You bitch when they put they put their head in the sand, when their too slow to adopt to current trends, and then bitch again when they do something reasonable.
    Yes.  Welcome to AppleInsider.  Will there be anything else?
    muthuk_vanalingamelectrosoft
  • Reply 17 of 27
    IanS said:
    In the words of Bart Simpson 'ha ha'
    Nelson Muntz, actually. Ha, ha!
    Doodpantsfastasleepwatto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 27
    it has been fun watching Microsoft implode in slow motion over the last decade of multiple failures.  They are returning now to their roots:  writing mediocre software for Apple computers.
    lkruppking editor the gratewatto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 27
    tylersdad said:
    If I can use my W10 PC and have integration with my iPhone on a similar level as when I use my Mac Pro and iPhone, that's a good thing. It just comes down to at what cost and having to filth up my iPhone with Edge.
    Have you actually used Edge? It's quite speedy and functions considerably better than Safari.
    You do realize it uses Safari for rendering.
    fastasleepradarthekatelectrosoftwatto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 27
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,391member
    it has been fun watching Microsoft implode in slow motion over the last decade of multiple failures.  They are returning now to their roots:  writing mediocre software for Apple computers.
    Oh brother are you right on.
    watto_cobra
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