If you’re a mixed fan of Apple and Microsoft, you’ll be happy to know that your iPhone will soon be able to share content with your Windows 10 PC through a special app for the purpose. Support for ‘Continue on PC’ is already available for Android users.
The feature, similar to Apple’s own Handoff function, is currently available only on Windows 10 Insider builds, which means it should roll out as a full feature in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that’s just a few months away.
Essentially, it allows you to share web pages from your iPhone to your Windows 10 PC so you can pick up where you left off.
It’s not exactly a revolutionary feature, but iOS support by any third party software vendor is always a welcome event.
For now, the support is limited to sending your browsing sessions from your smartphone to your Windows 10 PC, but in future, it will allow you to send information back and forth, and also include a universal clipboard for copy-paste across devices.
On a side note, Microsoft has been adding several features to its Edge browser on Windows 10 that will make transitioning from one device to another as seamless as possible. As it fine-tunes the desktop experience on one side, it is simultaneously trying to blur the lines between desktop and mobile.
Continuum is probably its most well-known feature related to this blurring. The company is even going so far as to unify the shell on its operating system so the same shell – known as CShell or composable shell – can work on any device with any form factor and screen size.
Another initiative is Windows 10 on ARM, where the desktop experience is brought to the smartphone environment through an emulation layer.
All of these initiatives are focused on Windows 10 and the devices they run on. We will continue to see improvements, enhancements and refinements to these efforts as Microsoft continues to push deep into the smartphone space with abilities that no smartphone currently has. And it’s all going to be thanks to Windows 10.