Microsoft is releasing a Photos Companion application for iOS and Android , designed to make it much quicker to get photos from a phone to a PC. The new app is available now, and it is being released as part of Microsoft’s Garage project which lets employees release experimental applications. Microsoft’s own photos team has been working on this app for several moths, and it links directly to Windows 10’s in built photos app.
If you are an OneDrive user or you already have a backup phone photos to another cloud service, this new app probably is not for you, but Microsoft has designed this for students. “The biggest hurdle many classrooms faced was getting the content students had captured with their phones onto their project PCs,” explains Microsoft’s photo team . The app works by temporarily by linking (via QR code) to the Windows 10 photos app. You can send compatible photos over the same Wi-Fi network and they respond at the same time.
While the application does not permanently link to a Windows 10 PC, it is useful if you don’t automatically back up your photos to a cloud service. I would personally like to see the ability to use the iOS and Android share features to send a photo quickly to your default Windows 10 PC, making it permanently easy to get photos you had taken straight onto your desktop machine.
You can download the Photos application for iOS and Android right now. If you are not seeing the “import from mobile over Wi-Fi” option in the Photos application for Windows 10, you should enable the “show additional preview features” option in the settings section of the Photos application for Windows 10.