Microsoft is Working on a Smartphone Companion App for Windows Photos
ARM compatibility. Tabbed multitasking. A timeline-based workflow. The Microsoft’s Insider program is the proving ground for experimental Windows features, and the new and improved Photos application is no exception. According to Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia, which spotted it on Tuesday, a yet-to-be-announced companion app for iOS and Android devices will let users quickly transfer pics and videos to a nearby Windows 10 PC.
The application will sync on-device content via Wi-Fi, and it’s said to be akin to Microsoft’s OneDrive application. Setup’s simple: When it goes live for Windows 10 testers in iOS and Androids’ respective app stores, it’ll prompt them to scan a QR code on their PC and connect to the same wireless network.
The Photos companion app’s launch will coincide with improvements to the Windows 10 Photos app. In the coming weeks, the rudimentary photo and video editor will get new special effects, music, themes, and a new sticker collection of hats, cars, and text overlays.
In many ways, Photos on mobile is indicative of Microsoft’s broader strategy: Play nicely with other platforms. Microsoft’s Edge browser just exited beta on Android. Newer Windows 10 preview builds let you send links directly from your phone to a PC. And Microsoft’s word-in-progress Graph will eventually synchronize your phone and PC’s clipboard.
Aggiornamenti Lumia wasn’t able to nail down the Photos companion application’s release date, but did manage to find a registration webpage. With any luck, it won’t be long before it’s out in the wild.