Upcoming Microsoft App for iPhone Aims to Make Photo Transfers to Windows 10 Easier

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft looks set to release a new iOS app for Windows 10 users in the coming months that lets them transfer photos from their Apple devices to their PCs more easily.


    First discovered by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia, the companion app is said to support the fast transfer of photos and videos from Apple smartphones to PCs provided they're connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The app appeared briefly as an update on the Windows Insider "Fast Channel" and should become available to all Windows 10 testers soon.

    The app seems to be for people who don't use Microsoft's OneDrive cloud backup service, as it replicates some features already available in the OneDrive app, which lets users upload pictures from an iPhone and import them directly into the Windows 10 Photos application.

    The new software is part of Microsoft's wider mobile strategy to improve its iOS offerings, now that Windows 10 Mobile hardware is no longer a focus for the company. Microsoft officially ended support for Windows Phone back in July, and is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.

    (Via The Verge.)

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  2. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    OneDrive already has a feature that automatically upload photos to the cloud, and a correctly configured Windows PC should see the photos on their PCs automagically.
    I am guessing:
    1. Nobody is using OneDrive
    2. Even those who does, MS is incompetent in integrating OneDrive and Windows in terms of photos, thus making this shortcut bypassing their services entirely.

    I wonder if it is more reliable to just use iCloud for Windows.
  3. Jamalien macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2014
    Wish you could just access iPhone media using file explorer like any other phone. Would make things so much easier
  4. gaanee macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
    With this app, Microsoft is trying to keep Desktop Windows relevant by playing nice with iOS on mobile. More compelling reason for using MS app on iOS would be offering unlimited photo storage on OneDrive like what Google does with Google Photos. Apple doesn't have much incentive by offering free storage but MS and Google do.
  5. fede777 macrumors newbie


    May 10, 2017
    First they need to update Windows 10 or at least the Photos app to support .heic photos
  6. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    I just wish iCloud would start working on my new PC, lol.
  7. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    iPhone users already have 2 options. iCloud photos (via an installation of Apple's iCloud tool) OR plug in via USB and browse the photo library or import photos into a photo management software. seems odd Microsoft would build a tool for this.

  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I just use iCloud on Windows. It’s all sync’d and ready to browse as soon as the picture is taken. I don’t see this as an issue that MS needed to solve.
  9. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Windows is still extremely relevant. It is by far the most used operating system world wide.

    Come out of your apple shell and into the real world.

    Apple don't do unlimited free storage because it knows it can sell it for $. Google have their own business model for generating revenue by offering free storage.
  10. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Wonder how well itll work. I dont use OneDrive only because it doesnt maintain authentication day tomday. Gets weary having to go through the authentication over and over. Gave up.
  11. dino12 macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2009
    Metropolis, IL
    You and me both. I have been trying to get it working for two months and all i get is this.
  12. gim macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2014
    I’m a big MSFT fan, but I’m afraid this is not true anymore. Android is the most used OS in the world, there have been dozens of articles about that earlier this year.

    Of course Windows is still very relevant, but it’s a fact that it’s continuously losing its relevance as mobile operating systems gain importance.

    Regarding the topic, I’d really love to see Live Photo and native support for the new high-efficiency photo and video formats in Windows 10.
  13. Tgrey macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2013
    is copy/paste easier? copy photos from pc to iPhone is more difficult to achieve...
  14. gaanee macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
    Yes, Windows is very much relevant on PC, the point is MS having given up on mobile platform is now developing these apps for linking iOS to Windows.
  15. EatinPonies macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2016
    This will be VERY welcome. You guys are all talking about how easy it is to use iCloud or OneDrive or whatever, but those solutions all cost more money. I have about 1TB of photos over a couple decades, and they're all stored on my home file server running Windows 10. They all get uploaded to Google Photos and backed up to the cloud with BackBlaze. I shouldn't need to pay more money to somehow get the photos from my phone to my PC.

    Windows 7 had a fantastic photo import tool built-in. Then, they stripped out features and expected you to use Windows Photo Gallery as part of the Windows Essentials bundle, and then they crippled everything and it's all terrible now. If Microsoft gets this right, it will bring back features that Windows 7 had built-in... And with the mention that it may also be wireless transfer? Pair that with HEIF/HEIC support and we will have a winner on our hands, people.
  16. gaanee macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
  17. cameronjpu macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2007
    Apple is so stupid and shortsighted not to make Photos for PC.
  18. ksnell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2012
    It probably offers a good solution to those with Windows 10 who do not want to subscribe to an iCloud plan, which I am sure Microsoft fully supports.

    If Microsoft isn't getting the cloud service revenue, they don't want anyone to.
  19. Futurix macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2011
    Erm, that's already possible?
  20. AndyR macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Auckland, New Zealand
    You can already, its always worked this way? This is how my wife copies all of her photos of our iPhones to her Windows 10 laptop, works perfect.
  21. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    When I tried to setup this on my Surface Pro, I let it stay there about 5 minutes before removing it. It was a pretty antiquated and seemingly outdated installation process that didn't leave me confident. Maybe I gave up on it too quickly, but doesn't matter now because I moved away from the iPhone.

    There are a lot of solutions out there, as others have said, but I welcome anything that is believed to make it simpler. Options are a good thing. One problem Microsoft does have is that they tend to put out a lot of overlapping things, and this may be one of them.
  22. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    iCloud photos comes with installations of iCloud on windows.
  23. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    That is not the Photos app.
  24. cameronjpu macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2007
    But there is no synchronization. All it does is download all pictures in your library. And yes you can manually upload pictures as well. But the synchronization of pictures, edits, albums and the like is impossible. And there’s just no reason for that. Apple doesn’t seem to realize that selling iPhones is where it makes money. So making the iPhone experience worse for the 90% of the world who uses a PC instead of a Mac is a stupid, stupid business decision
  25. Juiceboy macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2011
    If it makes exporting huge video files easier i'm all for it. I'm so bummed that even the iPhone X doesn't support USB 3 transfer speeds :(

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