You rang? Windows 10 gets ever cosier with Android, unleashes Calls on Insiders

Microsoft squeezed a new version of Windows 10 last night and finally launched the long-awaited call feature for Windows Insiders enthusiasts. , the function (Android only, of course) allows a user of Your phone to make and receive calls using your Windows 10 system instead of having to, you know, pick up the phone to do the same.

You will need Android 7.0 or higher and a PC equipped with Bluetooth for the function to work, at least Windows 10 19H1. And, of course, you must be one of the brave souls in the Microsoft Insider Program.

You may also have to pair your phone and PC again for everything to work. Hell, this is still a preview after all.

Assuming you make it work, calls can be made from a PC through a dialer or a list of contacts, answered or rejected with a text message or turned to voicemail. Users can also transfer calls without problems between the PC and the phone.

It is another useful feature for the Your Phone application, which is increasingly essential (for Windows 10 users equipped with at least compatible Android devices), although Mac users would be forgiven for wondering what a fuss is. After all, it has been possible to make phone calls on an iPhone through a Mac for years.

And you don't even need to play with Bluetooth to make it work.

As for Build 18999 itself, there were few new features in addition to the ability to move and resize the window for Microsoft's unloved assistant, Cortana, which was implemented for all Fast Ring Insiders members. You are lucky, lucky people.

The list of fixes included a lot about accessibility and a setting to prevent SearchFilterHost.exe from hoarding the CPU when it was in battery saver mode. The gang also dealt with a deadlock in the Control Panel of the Network and Sharing Center that could prevent it from loading and fixed a problem that was affecting the reliability of the VPN connection.

And there is some good news for the, er, a dozen people still using headphones with mixed reality Windows (WMR). Fixed an issue where certain applications (such as the 3D viewer) were treated as protected content within WMR, so you can re-record. Another bug fix also allows you to stop recording when capturing a repro video for the Feedback Hub.

The only known problem that persists is that older games with anti-cheat code are not compatible with recent versions of Windows 10.

Windows 10 20H1 is expected to be released in the first half of 2020. ® [19659012] Sponsored:
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Updated: October 9, 2019 — 12:47 pm