Phone Companion App for Windows 10
If you’re like most people, you move between your phone, tablet, and PC multiple times a day and you expect your data to follow you wherever you go. Recently, Microsoft announced they’d be releasing a Phone Companion app to allow users to enjoy their Windows experience and content when away from their Windows 10 PC.
The Phone Companion app is built into Windows 10 to help people experience a smooth transition as they move from one device to the next and is designed to connect your Windows 10 PC to whatever phone you own…regardless of whether it’s a Windows phone, Android, or iPhone!
When you first launch the Phone Companion app on your PC, you’ll choose which type of phone you own in order to complete the setup process. If you have a Windows phone, there are no extra steps needed to setup the Phone Companion app. If you have an Android phone or an iPhone, you’ll have to follow a few simple steps in order to get all your apps to work (and play) nicely together.
Once connected, all your content and files will be available on both your PC and your phone. For example, once the OneDrive app is setup on your phone, every picture you take will automatically show up in the Photos app on your Windows 10 PC. Any notes you write in OneNote on your PC will show up on your phone and any notes you edit from your phone will be synced to your PC. Finally, the Phone Companion app makes it easy to work on any of your Microsoft Office documents from any device, without having to move files around.
It’s well known that Windows 10 will focus heavily on its integration with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant that’s also integrated into Microsoft’s new web browser (Microsoft Edge). In an attempt to extend Cortana’s reach to those that don’t have a Windows phone, Microsoft will soon release a Cortana app for iPhones and Android phones. The app will work as a companion to Cortana on Windows 10 PCs and can be installed with the help of the Phone Companion app.
Here’s a peek at how the Cortana companion app will help you complete tasks across multiple devices:
Although the functionality of the Cortana companion app will be very helpful, there will be things that Cortana is able to do on Windows phones that simply won’t work on iPhones or Android devices. Because some features require access to the system that aren’t yet possible with iOS or Android, things like toggling settings or opening apps won’t be available in the Cortana companion app for those platforms.
You also won’t be able to summon Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana” if you’re using an Adroid device or iPhone, since that requires integration with the device’s microphone. That feature will remain limited to Windows phones and PCs only (for now).
When and How Can You Try?
Microsoft’s release schedule for their new apps are as follows:
- June: Phone Companion app for Windows 10 PC
- End of June: Cortana app for Android
- End of June/sometime in July: Xbox Music app for iPhone and Android with beta OneDrive music playback
- “Later this year”: Cortana app for iPhone
Windows 10 is expected to arrive sometime this Summer, with predictions pointing toward late July. In the meantime, you can join the Windows Insider Program to toy around with the latest updates, as well as give Microsoft feedback on how you think Windows 10 could be improved.