Microsoft looks set to release a new iOS app for Windows 10 users in the coming months that lets them transfer photos from their Apple devices to their PCs more easily.

Companion App
First discovered by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia, the companion app is said to support the fast transfer of photos and videos from Apple smartphones to PCs provided they're connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The app appeared briefly as an update on the Windows Insider "Fast Channel" and should become available to all Windows 10 testers soon.

The app seems to be for people who don't use Microsoft's OneDrive cloud backup service, as it replicates some features already available in the OneDrive app, which lets users upload pictures from an iPhone and import them directly into the Windows 10 Photos application.

The new software is part of Microsoft's wider mobile strategy to improve its iOS offerings, now that Windows 10 Mobile hardware is no longer a focus for the company. Microsoft officially ended support for Windows Phone back in July, and is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.

(Via The Verge.)

Top Rated Comments

adamjackson Avatar
59 months ago
iPhone users already have 2 options. iCloud photos (via an installation of Apple's iCloud tool) OR plug in via USB and browse the photo library or import photos into a photo management software. seems odd Microsoft would build a tool for this.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201302
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Jamalien Avatar
59 months ago
Wish you could just access iPhone media using file explorer like any other phone. Would make things so much easier
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fede777 Avatar
59 months ago
First they need to update Windows 10 or at least the Photos app to support .heic photos
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convergent Avatar
59 months ago
iCloud photos comes with installations of iCloud on windows.
That is not the Photos app.
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cameronjpu Avatar
59 months ago
Apple is so stupid and shortsighted not to make Photos for PC.
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AndyR Avatar
59 months ago
Wish you could just access iPhone media using file explorer like any other phone. Would make things so much easier
You can already, its always worked this way? This is how my wife copies all of her photos of our iPhones to her Windows 10 laptop, works perfect.
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