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Update Windows 10 reconciles pc with smartphone

Starting next week, talk to your smartphone and your Windows 10 pc with each other. You can even sms from your pc. Finally! Microsoft has filed with the dominance of Android and iPhone. That may our life and work easier.

Windows 10 gets an update. That is all for the second time this year, but this time there arrive a couple of really useful functions. The most notable have to do with your smarthone.

So you can now create a link between your Android smartphone and your Windows 10 pc. For that you need both on your pc and on your smartphone install an app. On your pc called Your Phone, on your smartphone you need to be in the Play Store looking for the unappetizing named app ‘Companion app for your phone’ …

Windows 10 gets an update. That is all for the second time this year, but this time there arrive a couple of really useful functions. The most notable have to do with your smarthone.

So you can now create a link between your Android smartphone and your Windows 10 pc. For that you need both on your pc and on your smartphone install an app. On your pc called Your Phone, on your smartphone you need to be in the Play Store looking for the unappetizing named app ‘Companion app for your phone.” Then, on both devices, log in with the same Windows account, and ready.

Provisionally that link three things are possible. The most notable might be: you can have your sms read and send it from pc. The app with which that happens, is currently minimalist: you see new sms messages to walk in and can answer them. You will have access to the songs from your contactboekje, but, for example, a search function is still missing.

Also quite handy: you can view the most recent photos that you have on your smartphone. There were already quite a few other methods, but Your Phone app is easy.

And finally, you can now from your smartphone, a web page forwarded to your pc. This is done through an additional option under the ‘share’ function in the browser. That page will then automatically open in the Edge-browser of Windows 10.

At the side of your smartphone, there is an update of the app Microsoft Launcher. Who the install on his smartphone the Windows 10 timeline of his pc, with a chronological list of documents and web pages that he has used.

All that is for now only for Android, but Microsoft is working on a version for iPhone. Though it is not clear whether the same will be able to – Apple has developers tend to be more restrictions on Google.

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Where it all good for? Smartphones are a part of our lives. But if we are behind our pc, it is more convenient if you have the smartphone in your pocket can leave. That is now easier.

Not only does Windows 10 remarkably better with an Android smartphone, a pc is going to progressively more behave like a smartphone. Or rather: some of the things that we on our smartphone just hit, we get gradually on our pc. One is that the operating system is arranged a (free) update. It is not intended that there is still a Windows 11, Microsoft continues tinkering with Windows 10. A speaking assistant for Windows 10 also, although only in English. And apps you install on Windows for a while from an app-store. Less fine is that Windows 10 today, just like our smartphone, constantly interrupts with notifications: incoming messages, security updates and all. But fortunately you can drop off.

Defeat

Microsoft originally had a very different plan. It would be one operating system for pc’s and smartphones. The same apps would both run. And you would have your smartphone can link to a monitor and a keyboard, and it works as if it were a pc. That was a tight plan, but it came years too late: the market had overwhelmingly chosen Android. Microsoft had the smartphone war is already lost, but didn’t realize it.

In the meantime, Microsoft has seen the light. This was a changing of the guard is needed. Former ceo Steve Ballmer had in 2013, the smartphoneafdeling Nokia bought out in a desperate attempt to Windows smartphones on the map. His successor Satia Nadella, who in 2014 is at the head of the company came, made short shrift: he doekte the Lumia smartphones on and made a good mobile versions came from Microsoft software such as Office. In the meantime, the smartphone-apps of Microsoft a proper reputation.

Android apps on Windows

An easy link between Android and iOS smartphones and the Windows 10 pc is the next logical step. But there is a more drastic step: smartphone apps to use on your Windows desktop. Microsoft demonstrated that possibility this week, but he is not yet part of the update of 10 October. The feature is called app mirrorring, that name makes it clear what happens: the apps run just on your smartphone, but the display is displayed on your Windows desktop. Net result is that your pc can snapchatten, instagrammen and whatsappen.

That feature helps Microsoft in order to build a dam against the chromebooks, laptops based on Google’s Chrome OS (a variant of Linux). For Chromebooks is less software than Windows, but that is to be able to many (but not all) Android apps to run. Although Chromebooks in Belgium does not touch the ground, they are in the US feared competitors for Windows and Apple laptops.

The October-update of Windows 10 can today be downloaded via the Windows Update feature. Who does not take action, will get it probably in the course of the next week automatically. If your Windows pc is managed by your company, it may take a bit longer.

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