A look at how the Duo can do things your existing phone can't
And there might be a delay before devs warm up to dual screens Comment  The Surface Duo isn't an original idea – just look at LG's newest V60 smartphone or Toshiba's quirky Libretto Libretto W100 laptop. There's an air of experimentation about these devices, appearing to outsiders as a less-than-serious punt on a new direction. A gamble, essentially.…
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn’t say anything significant at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked this week.The CEO of a $1 trillion company showing up to your event is enough to make a statement.And the statement is that Microsoft and Samsung are strengthening their partnership in a variety of areas, including to bring Android and Windows closer.Before Nadella hit the stage, Shilpa Ranganathan, general manager of Microsoft’s mobile experiences group, video-conferenced in to show off some of the integrations.That’s certainly noteworthy, but nowhere near as useful as the existing functionality — letting you access your text messages, photos, and notifications right on your PC.Your Phone is still limited to select phones running Android 7.0 or greater.
Microsoft and Samsung are forming a closer partnership for Android mobile apps that will help bridge the gap to Windows PCs.Microsoft’s Shilpa Ranganathan, head of the company’s mobile and cross-device experiences, just appeared onstage at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 launch.Ranganathan provided a closer look at the Your Phone app, which mirrors Android text messages, notifications, and even your entire screen to a Windows 10 PC.Samsung has partnered with Microsoft to bundle this Your Phone app on its Galaxy Note 10, and it will likely mean we’ll see future Samsung handsets with the app bundled.Samsung is also building OneDrive sync support directly into its Gallery Android app, which will see photos sync directly to the cloud storage service.Ranganathan also revealed that Microsoft will allow Your Phone users to make and receive calls directly from their PC later this year.
A refreshed Surface lineup (see: the Surface Studio 2, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Pro 6) and Cortana-powered Surface Headphones weren’t all Microsoft announced at its event in New York City this evening.It also took the wraps off a new screen-mirroring feature within the Your Phone app for Android, plus Outlook To-Do integration and enhancements to the Microsoft Launcher.Shilpa Ranganathan, general manager of Microsoft’s mobile experiences group, demoed the new experiences onstage.The latest version of Your Phone, Microsoft’s companion app for mobile devices, works as promised: Recent photos, websites, and messages from your phone appear on your desktop.Basically, the feature will capture your smartphone’s display — notifications, foreground applications, and all — and stream it via Wi-Fi to any Windows 10 desktop in near-real time.App launching and switching are managed from a list on the target PC’s screen.
After a brief trial for Windows Insiders, Microsoft is rolling out Your Phone to all Windows 10 users running the latest version of the operating system, allowing users to drag and drop pictures between their Windows PC and an Android phone.Your Phone is now ready to download from the Microsoft Store, with a counterpart available on the Google Play Store as part of Microsoft Apps.Once you've installed both, you can log in using your Microsoft account to connect your devices and start transferring.We caught our first glimpse of Your Phone in action at Microsoft Build 2018 in May, and we weren't expecting it to appear on our desktops until the release of the Redstone 5 update later this year.However, the version of Your Phone available now lacks many of the features Microsoft demonstrated on stage.At Build, general manager Shilpa Ranganathan showed how My Phone could be used to read text messages on a PC screen, and receive Android push notifications on the desktop – none of which is possible at the moment.
Microsoft has begun testing Your Phone - a Windows 10 app that lets you interact with your Android handset without taking it out of your pocket.The app is now available to members of the Windows Insider Program who've chosen to make themselves Microsoft's guinea pigs by joining the Fast Ring.Third-party apps like Pushbullet already offer similar tools for managing files on mobile devices from your desktop, but this is the first time we've seen them integrated directly into Windows.Microsoft gave us a preview of Your Phone at its annual Build Conference in May.General manager Shilpa Ranganathan demonstrated the app by dragging and dropping files between a handset and a Windows 10 device, typing text messages from the comfort of a full-size keyboard, and accessing Android notifications on a big screen.Microsoft's release announcement explains that Your Phone is also particularly handy for photographers, presenting you with a roll of recent photos from your mobile device, which you can drag straight into your favorite desktop photo editor.
Microsoft is launching an update to its Android launcher today that gives parents the ability to track their kids’ location.This is one out of a number of parent- and kid-focused announcements the company made today.Others include the ability to block sites in Microsoft Edge on Android and the launch of MSN Kids, a new curated news website for children.At the core of these new features are Microsoft’s family group settings that already allowed you to do things like track a child’s activity on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices or limit screen time in general.“As a mother to a young and curious daughter, I deeply understand the need for tools to help balance the use of technology in the home as well as out of the home,” writes Shilpa Ranganathan, the General Manager of Microsoft’s Mobile Experiences group, in today’s announcement.“It’s especially near and dear to me as leader of a team building experiences for mobile devices.
During the past week's Build conference, Microsoft showed up ”Your Phone”, a program that the company hopes will make it easier to work with IOS or Android together with a Windows-based computer.the Messages, pictures and other information is shared between entities, but a function is missing – Apple's Imessage.Now tell us, however, Microsoft executives Joe Belfiore and Shilpa Ranganathan, in an interview with The Verge that they would prefer to work with Apple to change the subject.Microsoft has not yet contacted Apple about the matter, but says it would like to implement Apple's messaging service ”with due respect for the ecosystem”.We interpret this to mean that Imessage would look like Imessage even in Microsoft's new applications.Apple has so far proved unwilling to open up the platform for Android, and that it would be for Microsoft and Windows in the near future we shall probably see that quite incredible.
One of the most interesting tidbits of news to come out of Microsoft’s Build developer conference earlier this week was the company’s upcoming Your Phone app, which attempts to bridge the gap between mobile and desktop messaging by letting you send and receive texts (along with some more advanced screen-sharing and file-transferring features) from your phone on your Windows 10 computer.It sounds pretty cool, but with full support for mirroring texts in Your Phone planned only for Android devices so far, you have to wonder what a person with an iPhone and a Windows PC is supposed do?Well, based on an interview between Microsoft execs Joe Belfiore and Shilpa Ranganathan and The Verge, Microsoft is also “very willing to work with Apple” in order to bring iMessage support to Your Phone too.At this point, a lot of Apple fans are probably exclaiming “Of course they would,” knowing that Messages is one of the biggest things that prevents people from switching away from an iPhone to an Android device.Whether it’s the simplicity of not having to think about if your next text will be sent as an SMS or a data message, or just not wanting to see little green chat bubbles, the sway Apple Messages holds over people is strong.And in the U.S., where Apple controls 35 perc ent of the smartphone market, for better or worse, Apple Messages is currently the best multi-platform messaging system.
Microsoft appears to be going all-in on its ambition to make Windows 10 work with a huge variety of devices, even ones made by rivals, and it has even announced that it would be willing to work with Apple to bring iMessage support to its operating system.At its Build 2018 developer conference, Microsoft showed off its improved Your Phone app, which will let you read and compose text messages sent to your smartphone from within Windows 10, so you don’t even have to take your phone out of your pocket.It’s a promising feature, but in an interview with The Verge, Shilpa Ranganathan from Microsoft admits that there have been issues getting the app to work on iOS devices, compared to Android phones, stating that: “Apple does make it a tad harder for messages, but we’re very willing to work with Apple.”Because of the way Apple’s iMessages work, Microsoft would need to work with the company to officially support iPhones in the same way that they are able to do so with Android devices.However, Apple is well known for keeping its ecosystem closed, as it would prefer that people bought a Mac to go with their iPhone, rather than a Windows PC.Microsoft has yet to approach Apple about it, but we’d love to see these old rivals work together more to bring better experiences to all their customers, no matter what hardware they use.
When Microsoft had its developer conference Build, the company showed off a new application called ”Your Phone” to iOS and Android devices work smoother with Windows 10.the App allows you to easily get up both images, text and other things from their device to their computer.But one thing is missing, iMessage support, but Microsoft says that more than would like to work with Apple to change that.Shilpa Ranganathan told The Verge in an interview:“Apple does make it a tad harder for messages, but we're very willing to work with Apple, I want to do this in a supported way with a respect for the ecosystem we're building on and at the same time make it a delightful experience.Messages is one where we're not currently where we need to be compared to Android, but we need to work with Apple.”
While the Windows-related news at this year’s Build developer conference has been light, Microsoft has revealed it’s working on a new “Your Phone” app that further bridges the gap between PCs and phones.Ranganathan is responsible for the Microsoft Launcher and cross-device efforts, and Belfiore has long worked on Windows and is in charge of the user experience for Windows 10.Microsoft’s new Your Phone app isn’t ready for Windows 10 users to even try fully yet, as the company is still building the app, but it’s clear this will be the central way to connect phones to PCs.While Microsoft has used Cortana for linking SMS and notifications to PCs in the past, this new app will be the primary way phones connect to Windows 10 PCs.“Apple does make it a tad harder for messages, but we’re very willing to work with Apple.” A number of third-party apps use workarounds to support messages, but Microsoft’s vision is essentially to bring iMessage to Windows inside its Your Phone app.“I want to do this in a supported way with a respect for the ecosystem we’re building on and at the same time make it a delightful experience,” says Ranganathan.
As Redmond switches to surrender, surround, subsumeBuild During the second day of its Build developer conference in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday, Microsoft shined the spotlight on Microsoft 365, its year-old swirl of software and services made by whipping Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) into a single confection – a suite.Joe Belfiore, corporate veep in the operating systems group at Microsoft, presided over the software-focused shindig, an event organized in four chapters: Windows, Windows development, Office development, and Microsoft Graph.As is often done at such events, numbers were hauled out as a stand-in for significance: Belfiore said there are 135 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365, and more than 200,000 organizations using Microsoft Teams.Amid Microsoft's infatuation with the cloud and artificial intelligence, Windows doesn't quite get the love once showered on it.Though it's no longer the main attraction, it continues to adapt to a world where much of the mobile hardware runs other operating systems.