Microsoft will offer access to iMessage on Windows to iPhone users. Users would now be able to connect their devices to Windows devices through Microsoft’s Phone Link app feature for iOS.
The new feature will connect an iPhone and Windows 11 device by Bluetooth and provide support for calls, messages, and other app notifications. It is initially offered in limited public testing and users will not be able to send multimedia messages or participate in group chats. That said, Microsoft already provides iCloud Photos integration features in the Windows 11 Photos app.
The Phone Link feature is already available to Android users, and Microsoft announced that it will further enhance it in the coming future. Microsoft announced a few enhancements for Samsung phone users, like activation of the phone’s personal hotspot from within the WiFi network list on the computer and easy transfer of browsing sessions from phone to Windows system.
One of the other important updates announced by Microsoft includes implementing a typable Windows search box into the taskbar. This will allow Windows 11 users to search, chat, and generate content directly from the Windows taskbar.
Further, the Chat feature has been upgraded to easily preview the video, join the call directly and share a call link through any app. Microsoft also announced an update to the artificial intelligence-enabled Windows Studio Effects, which launched last year. Along with features like eye contact, automatic framing, and voice focus, users will now be able to find and adjust the setting directly from the taskbar in quick settings.