Microsoft first rolled out the Phone Link app for iOS with the “Moment 2” feature update but it was limited to a group of users. Microsoft has now expanded the Phone Link feature to all Windows 11 users.
Phone Link app for iOS allows users to connect their iPhone to their Windows PC and access text messages, make and receive calls, drag files between PC and phone, and more directly on their PC.
Microsoft Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11 is rolling out in 39 languages across 85 markets
Per the announcement, Microsoft is rolling out Phone Link for iOS to all Windows 11 and iPhone users in 39 languages across 85 markets, with the rollout expected to complete by mid-May.
Today, we are excited to announce that Microsoft Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11 is beginning to rollout to our global audience in 39 languages across 85 markets. We’re excited to begin a gradual rollout to our Windows 11 audience with all users enabled by mid-May.
With this new functionality, iPhone users can now use iMessage on their PC through the Phone Link app for Windows 11, allowing them to send and receive text messages, make and receive phone calls, and view notifications. However, Microsoft says that the messaging feature in Phone Link is limited by iOS.
Do keep in mind, we can’t expect all of iMessage’s functionality to be added, as the app is said to use Bluetooth API for pushing messages and Phone Link for iOS just offers basic support for calls, messages, and access to contacts.
As of now, Phone Link is only available for iPhones with iOS 14 or higher, a Windows 11 device, a Bluetooth connection, and the latest version of the Phone Link app. The new feature is not available for iPad (iPadOS) or macOS devices yet.
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