Microsoft held an annual October hardware event yesterday to reveal some updates to their product portfolio and share where the company is heading in different areas. One item that raised a few eyebrows is a new app mirroring feature that will make it possible for users to display and work with the apps on their Android powered smartphones from their Windows 10 desktop. This new capability will be baked into Windows 10 and available to consumers when the Windows 10 October update starts rolling out.
Although we don’t have the details on exactly what kind of tech Microsoft used to make this happen, it appears the new mirroring capability will function in much the same way as casting your screen to a Chromecast device. The difference being that while the app is being mirrored on a Windows 10 computer, users can manipulate the smartphone app using their keyboard and mouse to provide input.
Being able to connect an Android powered smartphone to a computer is not new to the marketplace. What is different in this case though is the fact that Microsoft is essentially baking this into the Windows 10 ecosystem via the Your Phone app meaning users will not need to find third-party solutions. That same Your Phone app already makes it possible for users to send text messages from the desktop.
Microsoft did not provide a live preview of the new mirroring capability for Android smartphones, so we will have to wait for the Windows 10 update or more information from Microsoft to see more of just how this will work.
source: Android Authority