Microsoft brings Windows 10 closer to iPhones and Android Devices

Microsoft has just released the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16251 for PC which comes with some exciting features. The latest iteration of Windows Insider will let you directly open a web page on your computer from your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Bing Search

Apart from improving the phone-PC integration, the Preview Build 16251 also have some other additions like:

  • Cortana can now show web search results without opening up the browser.
  • You can now use Cortana through the cloud to remotely restart, turn off, sign out or lock your PC.
  • Windows update has got auto-sign in support which will improve the boot up
  • Several other keyboard input fixes and Microsoft Edge enhancements

Microsoft is also working on a unified clipboard between your smartphone and PC. This would make it possible to copy something from your phone and paste right it on your computer.

How to directly open websites from your phone on your PC?

Windows 10 Insider Preview Share Link

Now, let’s understand how this link sharing thing really works. First and foremost, you must run Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16251 to use this feature. However, this should also roll out to the stable version later this year. Below are the steps which you need to follow in order to directly send links from your smartphone to the computer.

How to directly open websites from your phone on your PC

  • Go to Windows Settings on your PC and select Phone
  • After adding your smartphone you will get an SMS from Microsoft containing a link to a beta application named ‘Microsoft Apps’
  • Download the app and install it on your phone
  • Now to share a specific website, click on the native ‘Share’ option on your mobile browser and tap on ‘Continue on PC’.
  • Next, you will need to sign-in to your Microsoft account
  • Lastly, click on ‘Continue now’ to open the website immediately on your PC or press ‘Continue later’ to open it later from the ‘Action Centre’.

Do note that all these steps are specifically for the Insider Preview Build and things might change a bit in the stable version of Windows 10.

Shuddhahnik Maity

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