Microsoft's New Phone Link for iPhone Brings Messages, Calls and Notifications to Windows 11

From CNET: Microsoft on Tuesday said it's planning to take on one of the biggest advantages Apple products have, introducing new interoperability features to make its Windows 11 software for PCs talk to iPhones in order to display notifications, send messages, and make and receive calls.

The new feature, which Microsoft is calling Phone Link for iOS, will connect an iPhone and Windows 11 computer by Bluetooth radio, allowing "basic" support for calls, messages and app notifications. Initially offered in limited public testing, the software won't allow people to participate in group message chats or to send multimedia messages with photos or videos.

"This builds on our continued efforts to bring you closer to what's more important," Panos Panay, Microsoft's chief product officer, said in a blog post announcing the feature. The feature is part of a wider set of updates to Microsoft's Windows 11 software to power PCs, which released about a year and a half ago.

Microsoft's efforts with its Phone Link software are just the latest in a series of moves to more closely connect Windows computers with Apple's popular devices and services.

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