Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18999 Lets Android Users Make And Answer Calls On PC

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Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18999 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. The software giant warns that as with all pre-release builds, the new Insider Preview Build may have bugs that cause issues for some users. Those who install Build 18999 (20H1) and then want to switch to the Slow or Release Preview rings will need to do a clean install on their PC.

The most significant feature added in this update is for the Your Phone app. This app is on the current version of Windows 10 and allows Android phone users to send and receive text messages and get notifications right on their computer. Your Phone is a big time saver for those who don't type very quickly on a smartphone keyboard and would prefer to send and receive texts using their computer keyboard.

In Build 18999, Microsoft is adding the Calls feature that was first unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event in August. Microsoft notes that it showed a live demo of the feature at the Surface event last week. Microsoft says with Calls users don't have to dig for their Android phone to answer personal calls or work calls. They can stay connected by answering phone calls on the PC using the computer's microphone and speakers for a "richer calling experience."

Calls will allow:

  • Answer incoming phone calls on your PC.
  • Initiate phone calls from your PC using in-app dialer or contact list.
  • Decline incoming phone calls on your PC with custom text or send directly to your phone’s voicemail.
  • Access your recent call history on your PC. Clicking on a specific call will auto populate the number within the dialer screen.
  • Seamlessly transfer calls between your PC and phone.

The new functionality requires a smartphone with Android 7.0 or higher, a Windows 10 PC with Bluetooth, 19H1 build or higher, and a minimum Windows 10 build 18362.356. The new feature may take a few days to be available to all.

Microsoft hasn't had the best track record with updates of late. It rolled out an update earlier this month that brought print fixes and security tweaks, but that update broke the Start menu for some.

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