What you need to know
- Microsoft is looking to add more than 20 engineers to the Your Phone team.
- Your Phone allows you to connect your phone and PC and is a key part of Microsoft's mobile strategy.
- The app has received new features and grown significantly since its launch.
Microsoft's Your Phone is a core part of the company's mobile effort. It allows users to sync text messages, notifications, and photos between their phone and PC. Newer beta versions can even mirror some Android phones on Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft is looking to increase its efforts with Your Phone by expanding its team. Vishnu Nath, Director of Program Management, tweeted that Microsoft is looking to hire over 20 additional engineers.
Nath shared the link to a Microsoft careers page (opens in new tab) that includes the relevant job listings. Available jobs include software engineer, principal software engineering lead, senior software engineer, and senior program manager.
We are continuing to hire in a BIG way for our #YourPhone team focused on building cross device experiences! Come join us as we are looking for (20+) Software engineers including managers and PM! 📱💻 https://t.co/CbBp0cEEARWe are continuing to hire in a BIG way for our #YourPhone team focused on building cross device experiences! Come join us as we are looking for (20+) Software engineers including managers and PM! 📱💻 https://t.co/CbBp0cEEAR— Vishnu Nath 📱💻📲⌨️ (@VishnuNath) July 18, 2019July 18, 2019
While the exact size of the Your Phone team isn't known, an increase of over 20 people is significant. Microsoft is doubling down on its efforts on Android with Your Phone, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Launcher, all of which Nath works on.
Your Phone syncs your photos, text messages, and notifications between your phone and your PC.
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What do you think the chances are of some form of (limited) iPhone syncing? Dell does it!
Yeah... iOS needs some love as well. Let us hope they can find a way to do more than media syncing on iOS devices soon.
20 people is enough for a few teams!
"mobile strategy"? LMFAO
Their apps on all your devices, connecting to their services. Who needs a phone when you own the ocean? Based on their financial results things seem to be working.
So, I have those features, and I've not run across an instance where I actually use them. In fact, the most efficient way--and, hands-down, my most preferred way--to interact with my phone is with voice. And, sadly, Microsoft completely DOESN'T get this. At least, where Android devices are concerned. I can have my Windows phone across the room and I interact with it completely by voice. And there is zero reason why I'd need to see my phone's screen on my tablet or PC. Also, my pictures all automatically upload to OneDrive--which is immediately accessible to my tablets or PCs. So, where's the benefit?
Personally, I actually text from my computer all the time and really like it. In the beginning it was kind of hit or miss and slow, but from the most recent update it is much faster and more reliable.
I miss the Cortona integration (on Android) where 'Hey Cortona' ACTUALLY worked very will on Windows Phones. 'Hey Google' or what ever it is, is lacking very much in this area.
Interesting, I'm curious to see what else materialises from these hires.
Wish nr. 1 for Your Phone:
Support for unlimited downloading of photos Wish nr. 2 for Your Phone:
Change the name. Unoriginal and highly confusing in daily conversation.
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