With Timeline and Your Phone, Microsoft makes a PC the phone’s second screen

SEATTLE – The PC is, for many of us, the most central hub of our digital and online business; the phone took that role. In this new world, the relationship between the two has shifted: the phone is not a companion device for the PC, but rather, the PC is now a companion device for the phone.

Chronology in Launcher on Android.

Timeline in Edge on iOS.

The same scenario on Android, Windows and iOS.

At its Build Developer Conference today, Microsoft showed a pair of apps that reflect this new world. First, the updated versions of the Launcher for Android and Edge for iOS that support the Timeline the new feature of the update Windows April 10, 2018 . The timeline provides a historical view of the documents, emails, and web pages you viewed. It is therefore easy and convenient to go back and start working on your current tasks. With updated versions of apps, the Timeline view is now available on your mobile devices.

The company also publishes a company version of Launcher that will allow administrators to preconfigure the Android home screen application.

Messaging in your phone. The picture was slipped and dropped from the desk.

Notifications in your phone. They are actionable and will open the PC application or the relevant website where possible.

Pictures in your phone.

The other app is Your Phone: an application that brings your notifications, messages and photos from the phone to your PC. The PC can be used to send messages (relayed via the phone), including the ability to drag and drop images in and out of conversations. Notifications will be matched, if possible, with PC applications or related websites. The most recently used photos are also synchronized.

This is not the first time that Microsoft offers this type of feature: Windows 10 and Windows Phone have been briefly able to perform similar notifications and synced messages. Apple also offers a similar synchronization between iOS and macOS. These new applications, by contrast, cover different platforms, reflecting the invisibility of Microsoft in the mobile space.

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