This may be the smartest thing I’ve seen from Microsoft in a long time. At the company’s press event in New York City the other day, you know, the one where they announced new Surfaces, headphones with Cortana, and a new Surface Studio, they also unveiled an interesting change to the Windows operating system. Windows 10 will soon fully embrace Android and allow you to mirror mobile apps to your PC.

The Android app mirroring functionality will be part of Microsoft’s new Your Phone app for Windows 10. While the app will debut this week as part of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the app mirroring part won’t likely appear until next year. Here’s how it’ll work: you’ll be able to mirror your phone screen straight onto Windows 10 through the Your Phone app, which will include a list of your Android apps, from there, you can tap to access the apps and have them appear on your PC.

Since Windows Phone was deemed dead by Microsoft nearly a year ago, it seems the company realized that supporting Android is their best bet. And it’s a bet that I’d agree with. I give a lot of credit to Satya Nadella for realizing that Microsoft will never be able to truly compete in mobile from an OS perspective. Since he started his tenure as CEO, he has been laser focused on returning the company to a software and services behemoth–a focus that Microsoft lost in the early part of the 2000s. And for what it’s worth, I think he’s doing a good job.

On a side note: I wonder how many Windows users are also Android users compared to Windows users who are iOS users. If anyone knows of a survey or report on that, let me know.

Also, if you haven’t seen or tried it already, Microsoft has a Launcher for Android that they’ve been actively developing for a while.

[via The Verge]

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