Your Phone

Arguably the headline feature for this update is a new app called Your Phone, which allows you to link your PC with your Android handset to integrate some of the functionality. As a first release, the Your Phone link is limited to photos and SMS messages only, although both of these are very welcome additions to the PC.

With Your Phone, you can access the previous 25 photos on your phone, which makes it handy for when you grab a quick shot of something and need to share it on your PC, but with only access to 25 photos, it’s not going to replace true file and photo sharing apps on your phone like Microsoft’s OneDrive, or Google Photos.

Once you link your phone with your PC, you simply open Your Phone and select Photos, and you’ll have access to the full resolution images just as if you were working on your phone. It works with screenshots as well, so there are times where this will be very handy.

The other functionality is the ability to send and receive SMS messages from your PC, which is something that Windows Phone was able to do, but with its demise, Microsoft needs to leverage Android for this. At the moment, iOS users won’t be able to sync iMessage with the PC, and it’s unclear whether Apple will ever allow this outside of their ecosystem.

As with Photos, once you pair your phone, the previous month’s worth of SMS messages will appear on your PC, and you can send new SMS messages or continue your current conversations. There’s going to be a bit of a delay when sending and receiving messages, since your Android phone will need to be the relay, but it works well and is something that most users should appreciate.

Microsoft has hinted at additional features coming in future updates, such as the ability to mirror calls on the PC, and Your Phone should be a nice space to watch with the importance of the phone in most people’s lives.

In addition, if you’ve installed the Microsoft Launcher on Android, it will link with the Timeline feature introduced in the April 2018 update allowing you to quickly get back to where you were on multiple devices.

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  • mkozakewich - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    I laughed out loud in disbelief when I read it! I ran into that problem just the other day, so it'll be nice to finally have it fixed. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    I like how every tech website narrowed in on the few people who had problems with file deletion like it was some epic disaster. Seems to be a running trend lately.

    It makes me wonder if i can submit news to some tech site, totally bogus, and see how many websites it catches onto.
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  • MonkeyPaw - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    Well, MS pulled the update, so there must have been some credence to the claim. Deleting user data is a serious bug, if you ask me. It took a pretty serious bug to expose the flaws in the Feedback system—something that is supposed to make Windows 10 better. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    Well yah, but that is like saying "careful buying this car, we have reports sometimes people crash". Reply
  • notashill - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    More like "careful buying this car, we have reports sometimes the car spontaneously catches on fire". Which has certainly been a problem with some cars. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    Only if you buy a Tesla! :D Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    Or a KIA Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    Or a GM. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    Don't jinx me! I don't want my Buick to burst into flames! Reply
  • MonkeyPaw - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    It was a legit bug. It assumed some folders were empty even when they weren’t, deleting them instead of migrating them. Yes, we should all have backups before upgrading, but this was not the usual case of an upgrade going wrong and the system not being bootable. It was appearing as a successful upgrade, but it wasn’t migrating user data. From what I gather, it wasn’t even keeping the files in Windows.old—it was deleting them all. Reply

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