Following up on an announcement made in February, Microsoft on Tuesday said its rollout of Telephone Hyperlink for iOS on Home windows 11. For iPhone customers who additionally use a Home windows PC as their essential laptop, Telephone Hyperlink on Home windows 11 will let customers entry iMessage on the iPhone and carry out fundamental chat features.
Microsoft gives particulars on the way it will work in its Windows Insider Blog. The Telephone Hyperlink app, which beforehand used Bluetooth to attach solely to Android telephones, may have a brand new choice for the iPhone. As soon as a connection is established and the setup is carried out, customers may have fundamental help for accessing contacts, making calls, and utilizing the iPhone’s Messages for textual content conversations.
Telephone Hyperlink for iOS requires an iPhone with iOS 14 or later, Home windows 11 on the PC, and a Bluetooth connection between the PC and the iPhone. Microsoft notes that the iPad and Mac don’t work with Telephone Hyperlink–because the app’s title says, it’s for telephones solely. Microsoft is rolling out Telephone Hyperlink over the following a number of weeks to its international market, so when you can’t get it now, attempt once more at a later time.
The help for Messages doesn’t go a lot past one-on-one interactions. In response to the Microsoft weblog publish, group messaging just isn’t supported, and also you won’t be able to ship photographs, audio, or video. In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi additionally factors out that Telephone Hyperlink can’t inform the distinction between a normal textual content message and one despatched via iMessage–so no inexperienced or blue chat bubbles. Additionally, Telephone Hyperlink can see solely messages that it has despatched and obtained, so it won’t show the total chat historical past on an iPhone.
Microsoft didn’t point out if iMessage options corresponding to modifying or unsending messages, or the bubble and display results can be accessible, but it surely’s protected to imagine that they received’t be. Nonetheless, for the very massive variety of iPhone customers who additionally use Home windows PCs as their essential laptop, it’s one other welcome new characteristic to permit for entry to Apple gadgets and companies. Final November, Microsoft added to iCloud Photos access to the Windows 11 Photos app. Microsoft additionally has accessible preview variations of the Apple Music and Apple TV apps for Home windows; these apps ought to be finalized later this 12 months.