Microsoft to Launch Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11

Microsoft to Launch Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11

News by Roberto OrosaRoberto Orosa
Published: May 17, 2023

Windows and iOS connectivity will soon be easier for dual-wielding customers as Microsoft announced its plans to launch Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11. 

Phone Link for iOS will allow users to access contacts on their phone, receive phone notifications, and send and receive messages and calls via iMessage straight from their desktop devices. 

The company began rolling out the service last month across 85 markets; all customers may now use the service. “We know that being able to connect to friends and family during important times effortlessly is critical, so we’ve taken a conservative approach to launching this update,” the company explained in a press release.  

To use the service, users can search “Phone Link” on their Windows Search box, where they will find a guided installation. 

While this may be a win for Windows and Apple users, its features remain limited to messaging, notifications and contacts, meaning it does not support image and video sharing. The software will also be exclusive to the iPhone and will not work for iPadOS or macOS. 

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Phone Link for iOS will require iOS 14 or higher, a Windows 11 device, a Bluetooth connection, and the latest version of the Phone Link app.  

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