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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  • trparky - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    But it's not the October update, it's the November update. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    Hey just be happy they didn't decide to name it "Updated Update to Creators Update Update" Reply
  • Gigaplex - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    Now I'm sad that we can't actually mock them for doing that. Reply
  • Samus - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    I'm just glad they finally fixed copy and paste. Seriously. That was completely fucked they broke a 30-year old feature of personal computers. Reply
  • 0ldman79 - Saturday, November 17, 2018 - link

    Wasn't it 1803 that had a file explorer bug that didn't show the correct file size?

    As in check the parent directory it would show 5 gigs. Check the individual folders inside that it would show 20+. Check the files and folders inside those and it might show 5 gigs or 100 gigs.

    I updated one and it showed 7 gigs of user data when there was 100 gigs of pictures alone, not counting the MP3s or anything else, also seen the reverse where it showed hundreds of gigs on a 250 gig drive.
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  • soulife83 - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    Is it the November Update? I must have missed the part of the article that said it was released, or will be released, at least within the next 2 weeks.. Reply
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    It's October's September Update (Version 1809) with November's 2018-11 Cumulative Update. Reply
  • kaesden - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    based on the build number, it was technically supposed to be the september update. Reply
  • nico_mach - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - link

    It's the November October update!

    Perhaps next year they'll return to the seasons, it will be called 'The Epic Fall' update. Or even 'Pride Cometh Before the Fall' Update.
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  • lexluthermiester - Friday, November 16, 2018 - link

    And the spring update won't be in April it'll be in May.. LOL! Microsoft=Monkeys Diddling a football. Reply

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