Microsoft has begun testing of the much-awaited Your Phone app feature that allows Windows 10 users to make phone calls via their computer. Right now, the feature has started rolling out to Windows Insiders.
In a blog post, Microsoft has explained the various functionalities of the new phone call feature in Windows 10. In addition to receiving and declining phone calls, you can also initiate phone calls without even touching your phone.
Furthermore, Your Phone app also lets you seamlessly transfer phone calls between your phone and PC. Also, you can access your phone’s call log as well.
Certainly, the addition of the phone call feature might turn out to be a big help for many users. There have been many times when I missed calls just because I was wearing headphones and watching a movie on my computer.
To get the phone call feature to work, you need to have a phone with Android 7.0 or above, a Windows 10 PC with Bluetooth support and running Build 18362.356 or later.
The calling support adds to the list of features Microsoft has been bringing to Your Phone app every now and then. Microsoft has demoed the phone call feature twice: first during the Galaxy Note 10 launched and then at the Surface Event. Recently, the app got support for Dual-SIM capability as well.
Anyway, this does take Android’s continuity game one step closer to that of iDevices. For ages, Apple fans have had the advantage of picking phone calls on their Mac.
Initially, I believed that the Your Phone app is part of Microsoft’s effort to get in a stronghold in the smartphone market after it lost on the hardware side.
However, the app makes a lot more sense after the Surface Event, where Microsoft launched the Surface Duo. Apparently, the foldable phone runs Google’s Android out of the box.
By the time the phone gets official in Fall 2020, Your Phone would be running in its full capacity. But the fact that Redmond isn’t limiting all these helpful features to its own devices is that thing sounds good to the ears.