- Microsoft made the announcement at its Surface event
- Your Phone will be available widely with Windows 10 October update
- App mirroring will initially be compatible with stock Android phones
Microsoft has announced the release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and the Redmond giant is now making the Your Phone app available to all users. To recall, the Your Phone app that was first released systems running build 1803 Spring Creators Update back in August this year, however, soon after, Microsoft limited access to Windows 10 Insider Preview users. The official launch of Your Phone was announced this week at Microsoft’s Surface event in New York, where hardware products including Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Headphones were launched.
The Your Phone app will support app mirroring on Android, giving users access to their texts and photos. Microsoft also announced support for webpage transfer between iOS and Windows 10 devices, on the Your Phone app, in the latest October update. The availability of Your Phone on Windows 10 was announced in a post on the official Windows blog, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update announcement post, and a tweet on the Windows account.
At the event, The Verge notes a demo was shown that involved the exchange of Snapchat messages between an Android and a Surface device using the new app mirroring feature. The Your Phone app currently also lets users make and receive calls, send and receive SMS messages, and view and edit photos from their Android phone on a Windows 10-powered machine.
To recall, the Your Phone app received support for SMS messages in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17755 for Android last month. This update allowed users to view, send, and receive SMS messages from their Android phones right onto their connected Windows 10 PCs. The update also enabled iOS users to link their devices to a Windows 10 PC and perform actions such as browsing the Web.