Microsoft: Your Phone calling support expected for Surface Pro X in April
The ability to make phone calls through Your Phone on Windows 10 on ARM PCs is currently not supported, but that's about to be fixed.
If you have a Surface Pro X (five of us do here at Windows Central) or any Windows 10 on ARM PC, you may have noticed that the calling support in Your Phone doesn't quite work. The feature for Windows 10 on ARM often results in phone calls coming through distorted rendering it effectively useless (all the other Your Phone perks work as expected).
The good news is if you have experienced this effect, even with the latest and greatest phones from Samsung, you're not alone. Your misery may also be ending soon.
We asked Vishnu Nath, Partner Director of PM at Microsoft Mobile and Cross-Device Experiences, about plans to fix this and the team is on it:
We are testing this as we speak, running it on my Pro X - we anticipate it should reach you ~AprilWe are testing this as we speak, running it on my Pro X - we anticipate it should reach you ~April— Vishnu Nath 📓📝🗒️ 🚀 (@VishnuNath) March 11, 2020March 11, 2020
Microsoft is currently testing Your Phone with Surface Pro X, and they expect an April time-frame in fixing phone calls with Your Phone.
Windows 10 on ARM presumably has some different audio and Bluetooth drivers, which is Qualcomm based versus the typical Intel ones found in most PCs. It makes some sense that devices with less market penetration are a bit behind the curve for support.
Additionally, we have reported that Microsoft's Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone could be released as early as this summer instead of the late 2020. The Surface Duo and Surface Pro X would make a killer combo when you include Your Phone, so Microsoft would be wise to have it all lined up later this spring.
Of course, dates slip, and April is a wide window. But if you want the ability to make calls through your Surface Pro X that will be happening sooner than later.
Microsoft's Your Phone app has been getting a lot of attention lately. Copy and paste recently arrived along with RCS messaging, and there is a new feature that blacks-out your phone's display when mirroring on PC to save battery life.
Merging phones and PCs
Your Phone allows you to sync text messages, photos, and notifications from your phone to your Windows 10 PC. Now, when used with Galaxy 20 series phones, it supports RCS messages.
Windows 10 on ARM
The thinnest and lightest Surface Pro available
Surface Pro X delivers the most exciting design for the Surface Pro yet. While the ARM processor is faster than expected for many casual users, a Surface Pro 7 will be a smarter buy. But for those who need a light, thin, LTE-enabled productivity laptop, the Surface Pro X offers a unique set of features not found anywhere else. It's not a bad PC; it just needs the right owner.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.