Microsoft today announced its Photos Companion app for Android and iOS that allows an expedited transfer of photos and videos from mobile phones to Windows 10 PCs. Announced under the Microsoft Garage program, the app links with the Photos app on a Windows 10 PC to make the transfer possible. It transfers the photo and video files over WiFi making it necessary for both the devices to be on the same network. Being an experimental app, Photos Companion, for now, only transfers files from a phone to a Windows 10 PC, not the other way around.
As mentioned earlier, the app from Microsoft is available for both Android and iOS to ensure a wider device support. The Photos Companion app establishes a temporary connection with the target Windows 10 PC by scanning a QR code on the PC's Photos app. Multiple files can be selected for transfer in one go and they'd appear within the computer's Photos app as the transfer completes. Microsoft also mentioned that the feature can be used to add photos and videos directly to a video project in the Photos app. The company notes that the Photos Companion app has been designed keeping in mind the students and educators who find it hard to transfer project or lesson videos from their phones to PCs. Nevertheless, it is a nifty feature that can benefit a larger crowd and not just students and teachers.
Microsoft Garage is the company's initiative to encourage its employees to work on projects alongside their primary job at the company. The teams working under this program have released some noteworthy apps and features not only for Windows platform but also for Android and iOS. While Microsoft had its core apps available for Android and iOS, the number has surely gone up ever since its mobile division was shut down. In the last few months, Microsoft brought apps like Edge browser, Microsoft Launcher, SMS Organize, Office Lens, Cortana, and others to Android, and even iOS. Microsoft Garage had its fair share in this list with certain experimental apps like a note-taking app – Parchi, Trip Tracker, and now Photos Companion.