Microsoft recently announced
Windows 10 April 2018 Update with a lot of new features and
improvements. The Nearby Share is one of the exciting features
in Windows 10 April 2018 Update which appears to be part of
Microsoft’s cross-platform strategy.
Nearby Share in Windows 10 allows users to send content such as
web links, phones and files to other PCs powered by the latest
version of the operating system. At the moment, the feature is
only available on devices with Windows 10 April 2018 Update but
Microsoft has announced that the Nearby Share would also become
available on rival mobile platforms.
At the Build developer conference, Microsoft made it clear that
the company is trying to bring its desktop platform in sync
with Android and iOS devices. The Your Phone app is apparently
the best example of
Microsoft’s cross-platform strategy which aims to bring PCs
and smartphones in sync.
It appears that the Nearby Share would become available
for Android and iOS as well. It means that the Android and iOS
users will be able to share the files and links to their
Windows 10 PCs easily without any third-party applications.
Android and iOS users will be able to send content to their
Windows 10 devices over the Bluetooth connection. The process
is quite simple, but it requires the devices in close
proximity. The process is automatic and the interface of Nearby
Share in Windows 10 is easy to operate. For example, a Windows
PC could receive the content if the user authorizes the
transfer on a prompt displayed in the lower right corner.
It’s not clear right how Nearby Share feature is going to work
on iPhone as Apple sets a plethora of restrictions on iOS but
sharing web links would be possible if the phone has Edge
browser. It’s worth noting that
Microsoft is willing to work with Apple to enable support
for iMessage on Windows 10 and improve the integration
between two platforms.
The Nearby Share feature could be implemented on Android phones
via Microsoft Launcher and other apps.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed the ETA yet but more information
could be announced in the coming months as the software
giant clearly wants to bring Windows 10 in sync with
Android and iPhone.