Tue. Dec 1st, 2020

Speaking at Build 2017, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “The user experience will span all of your devices. That multi-device experience now requires platform capability.”

A big part of it is connecting your smartphone to your PC. This not only allows you to seamlessly switch from surfing the web on the Windows 10 PC, it also enables you to enable the cloud clipboard, which allows you to copy from one device and paste to another.

Since Windows 10 is viewed more as a service than a fixed software product, additional cross-device functions are added during operation. The first one that appears is Next on PC. How does it work? Easy. You surf on your smartphone – in any browser and on Android or iOS – and simply send the current page to your Windows 10 PC, where it will automatically open on the same page.

Next on PC is just a taste of the multi-device cloud services referred to by Redmond as the Microsoft Graph. EVP for Windows and Devices describes Terry Myerson as “… an intelligent structure that helps to connect points between people, conversations, projects and other objects. and Android devices flow. “

Read through the slides to see how to get started in this new world of connection. The process is basically the same on Android phones, although I used an iPhone to test the process.

1. Start with Settings

Start with settings

Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the Settings app has a new phone area. First, open the Settings app and click on this icon.

2. Phone settings in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Phone settings in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Here is the Phone Settings dialog box. Note that you can do more than just surf from phone to PC. In particular, email and other apps can also jump from the phone to the PC. First, click the Add Phone button. Of course, before you can do this, your PC must be signed into a Microsoft account.

4. SMS message

SMS message

This is what the message sent to my iPhone looked like before and after previewing the iTunes App Store listing.

5. Proceed with the PC app

Proceed with the PC app

Connect to PC is the app that makes everything possible. A four screen tutorial shows you how to complete the setup.

6. Add to approval sheet

Add to approval sheet

Open the Share Sheet in any app and click the More … button then find Next on the PC and move the slider so that it is green.

7. Sign in

log in

The first time you try to share Next on your PC, this page shows you are signed in to the same Microsoft account that you use with your PC. You only have to do this once.

8. Send!

Send!

Now you can send the current webpage (or another app) to the linked PC. Note that you have the option to open the item immediately or send a notification to the PC’s Action Center. Many apps won’t work with Continue on PC, including native Apple apps like Photos. But any browser works, as do the Flickr and Soundcloud apps.

9. Ta-Da!

It’s pretty cool to start something from your phone on your PC!

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