Microsoft is unveiling a new “Your Phone” app for Windows 10 today at its Build developer conference. The app is designed to provide a mirror of a phone straight to a desktop PC, and it will let Windows 10 users access texts, photos, and notifications from their machines.
Features will vary depending on iOS and Android, but Microsoft can mirror far more Android phone features to a Windows 10 PC so you never have to physically pick up your device while you’re working on a PC. It’s a concept that Dell tried earlier this year, allowing calls and notifications to be displayed on a PC. Microsoft’s app will include access to SMS, photos, and notifications initially.
Microsoft will start testing its Your Phone app with Windows Insiders this week, and the feedback will guide how this eventually ends up being a feature in Windows 10. Microsoft is currently testing the next major update to Windows 10, codenamed “Redstone 5,” and it’s expected to be available in the fall later this year.
Microsoft will detail Your Phone further during its Build keynote this morning (and tomorrow’s Windows-focused keynote), and we’ll update this article with additional information.
Update, May 7th 12:10PM ET: Article updated to clarify Your Phone features.