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Microsoft’s companion app for iOS and Android will make phone to PC photo transfers a doddle

Microsoft will make it easier to transfer photos from Android and iOS devices to Windows PCs, thanks to creating a companion app to support rapid photo wrangling over Wi-Fi.

Getting photos from iOS often involves digging around in the now rather clunky iTunes desktop app. While pulling pics from Android devices requires a bit of file spelunking and some tedious copy and pasting work.

Neither options are exactly ideal for rapidly getting pics from mobile devices to PCs. But Italian blog Agglomamenti caught a glimpse at a new companion app Microsoft has created that allows for smooth, cable-free photo transfers between Windows PCs and laptops connected to the same network as the Android and iOS devices.

Such a feature is already available with Microsoft’s OneDrive app, which can upload photos from a device to the cloud in the background and allow for them to be imported into the Windows 10 Photos app. But the upcoming companion app is likely to make this process even slicker.

Reports suggest that the app will soon be in the hands of Windows 10 testers, and after that should be released into the wild, likely cropping up in a Windows 10 update and on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store.

The move by Microsoft is hardly revolutionary, but it shows the Redmond bunch are looking at making using Windows 10 as the centre piece of your devices and tech setup slicker than ever.

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