Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
Microsoft announced on Monday that the newest version of Telephone Hyperlink for Windows 11 PCs can obtain notifications, send texts, and answer calls from a consumer’s paired iPhone.
Most People use iPhones, and Apple’s integration throughout its products has helped its Mac business take market share from Home windows PCs in recent times. Apple accounted for about 10% of worldwide PC shipments last yr, with the rest being overwhelmingly Home windows machines, according to IDC.
Microsoft’s transfer might take away a barrier for pc consumers who in any other case would have picked a Mac. Telephone Link previously solely labored with Android telephones.
The Telephone Link software does not have almost as many features as Apple’s Messages for Mac. It works by means of Bluetooth, in accordance to The Verge, and requires the iPhone to have Microsoft’s “Hyperlink to Windows” app put in.
A Telephone Hyperlink-enabled Windows PC will get notifications from the consumer’s iPhone and exhibits the messages in Windows. It does not help group texts by means of iMessage, and does not permit customers to send photographs or movies, either. Telephone Link can only show messages that it sends or receives, so a consumer who despatched some texts on their telephone will not see that part of their message historical past within the Home windows app.
“Messaging function is restricted by iOS,” the company stated in Monday’s announcement. An Apple rep did not respond to a request for comment.