Software giant launches public trials of their Phone Link software.
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the launch of a new Windows 11 feature that will take on one of Apple’s most popular advantages — interoperability. With this development, users can now easily sync their PCs and iPhones together to make and receive calls, access notifications, and send messages with ease.
Microsoft’s Phone Link for iOS, a revolutionary new feature, will connect iPhones and Windows 11 computers using Bluetooth radio. It will offer basic support in the form of calls, messages, and app notifications during its limited public testing phase. This software won’t enable users to partake in group message chats or send photos/videos as multimedia messages.
In a blog post, Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, said, “This builds on our continued efforts to bring you closer to what’s more important.” It is also one of many upgrades included with Windows 11 software for PCs which was released about eighteen months ago.
Microsoft has taken its newest step towards a stronger bond between Windows PCs and Apple’s well-known gadgets and services with the Phone Link software.
Apple popularized many syncing and messaging features for mobile phones, particularly with its iMessage texting platform and iCloud storage service. They have also successfully linked iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers together. Individuals cite this as a major distinguishing feature that sets Apple apart from competitors in the market.
In recent years, Microsoft has worked to make Windows PCs resemble those of Apple with the introduction of features and a modernized iCloud-compatible photos app. They have also developed phone link software for Android devices. It offers similar functionalities as its predecessors did on Apple products.
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced an update to its Windows 11 program that includes features specifically for users of Android devices. These added features include the capability for Samsung users to activate a personal hotspot from their computer. It will also enable Samsung users to view websites they have browsed on their phones from their computers. Apple products have supported these two features for years.