Microsoft is planning to release a photos companion app for iOS and Android devices, to quickly transfer pictures to a PC. The app will be available soon for Windows 10 testers, and it will support the quick transfer of photos or videos from phones to PCs on the same Wi-Fi network. Microsoft already offers a similar service through its OneDrive app, which will upload photos in the background on a phone and import them into the Photos app in Windows 10. This new app is designed for most people who don’t already backup their photos to OneDrive.
Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia spotted the new companion app, and reports that the Photos app in Windows 10 will also see some improvements, soon. Microsoft is rolling out premium content, including special effects, themes, and music to use in photos and videos. The software giant also appears to be working on stickers for photo stories, which include effects like hats, cars, dinosaurs, and text overlays. All of these features are currently in testing, and are expected to be made available to Windows Insiders in the coming months.
Microsoft has been focusing on a number of experiences between phones and PCs over the past year. After giving up on Windows Phone, Microsoft’s new mobile strategy is to make iOS and Android better. Microsoft is bringing tabs to every app in Windows 10 that will eventually sync to mobile phones, and a Timeline experience that lets you resume activities across devices. Microsoft’s Edge browser is even coming to iOS and Android, as the company continues to make its software and services available across all devices.