Microsoft's new cloud clipboard lets you paste from a Windows 10 PC to an iPhone

Microsoft is unveiling a new cloud clipboard service today at the company's Build developers conference in Seattle. While the software maker has been experimenting with a variety of clipboard services, it has finally settled on one that will be implemented directly into Windows 10. The new cloud-powered clipboard will let Windows 10 users copy content from an app and paste it on mobile devices like iPhones or Android handsets.

Microsoft is making use of its Swiftkey keyboard to enable this functionality. A new tab will appear in the keyboard with a list of copied content from a Windows 10 PC. It's very similar to Apple's own Universal Clipboard that lets you copy content from a Mac and paste it into apps on an iPhone and vice versa. Apple's Universal Clipboard is limited to its own ecosystem, but Microsoft's cloud clipboard is designed to work across Windows, iOS, and Android.

Microsoft is also implementing this cloud clipboard functionality directly into Office apps, too. In a future update, you'll be able to paste content into documents after copying from a phone. It's all part of Microsoft's renewed focus on cross-platform apps and services for devices that aren't running Windows. Microsoft appears to understand that most Windows users are using iPhones or Android devices, and it wants to ensure it has features that better support that typical scenario.

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This functionality seems like such a no-brainer, I can’t believe it’s taken this long to implement it. Also.. Microsoft owns Swiftkey?

They definitely have a keybord they make called Word Flow , don’t think they own swiftkey… ?

https://www.theverge.com/2016/4/25/11501288/microsoft-word-flow-iphone-keyboard

That article you link says they do own Swiftkey, which they acquired in February of 2016.

Lol. I see. I was just linking to it to show word flow cause it’s not on the Canadian store.

I cannot believe they haven’t bothered to make it available in Canada more than a year after launch. Guess they’re okay with Gboard overtaking them in popularity?

Microsoft makes keyboards like google makes messaging apps, look in your local app store, there’s wordflow, hub, swiftkey, and sunrise still has a keyboard as well! Each one has it’s uses, I just wish one integrated everything. The best by far is wordflow, except that it look like they’ve basically abandoned it, last update in november.

They also have a keyboard specific to Excel too on Android. I was looking for wordflow and that came up instead.

Looked it up looks like Word Flow never came out for Android, as they integrated some of it’s functions to Swiftkey instead.

I have an American account that I needed to get when I bought the first iPad (wasn’t in Canada for a while after the US) , it’s just a pain in the ass to switch back and forth.

But yeah I don’t get why it’s not in Canada either.

No wonder they acquired Swiftkey! I thought it strange that they wanted this, thinking it was to do with data collecting.

Makes sense now.

This sounds promising indeed.

This is so cool. Microsoft seems to be the first major company to be attempting to break down the barriers of device exclusivity to create a better experience for everyone. Hopefully this convinces developers, and other large tech corporations, to do something similar.

When is it launching?!

I’m glad they’re smart enough to realize that playing well with other platforms is what will endear people to them instead of attempting to rival Apple with their own ecosystem lock-in.

I was literally looking for a simple app that does that for years, the fail here is the lock in with the keyboard, they should also release a simple app for it and unchain it from the keyboard.

I wonder if they will take away some market share from Apps like PushBullet. (The clipboard part)

Really nice feature from Microsoft.

They really seem intent on making Windows play well with everything.

PS:
The article title is misleading, as it implies this will only work on iPhones and not on Android. Please fix it.

Really nice feature from Microsoft.

They really seem intent on making Windows play well with everything.

PS:
The article title is misleading, as it implies this will only work on iPhones and not on Android. Please fix it.

This is great news, the first real world feature I’m interested in from Windows 10 updates. Hopefully it’s more reliable than Pushbullet… would be great if they add all the other functionality that software does too, eventually.

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