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Samsung, Microsoft Reveal Smartphone-to-PC Integration

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  • Starting with the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung and Microsoft are working to release “seamless productivity experiences” across mobile and PC platforms.
  • 42% of employees spend more than three hours a day working on their mobile devices. The number increases to 51% for millennials.
  • The companies also announced that the Galaxy Book S will be able to bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops.

A strategic partnership between Samsung and Microsoft was front and center during the Galaxy Note 10 launch yesterday, as the two tech giants unveiled their plans for establishing a streamlined productivity link between the mobile device and PCs.

Officials announced that, starting with the Galaxy Note 10, Microsoft's Your Phone app will be preinstalled on Samsung's mobile devices. Your Phone will also be made available for download on PCs with the Windows 10 October 2018 update or later. Once configured, the app will allow for text messages, Android notifications and your phone's screen to be mirrored on the PC.

"We believe the mobile industry is on the cusp of a transformation, one in which individual devices give way to seamless, connected and continuous experiences, wherever we go," said DJ Koh, president and CEO of Samsung's IT and mobile communications division. "As new technologies like 5G become a reality, our partnership will play an important role in helping people live more fluid, flexible lives."

In today's highly connected business environment, it's common for people to do work on their smartphones. The handheld computers in our pockets facilitate numerous ways to keep in touch with our colleagues and potential clients, but once we sit down at a computer, transferring that information can be difficult.

Through yesterday's announcement, officials said they hoped to end the days of having to look at your phone and open an app to view and send files from your smartphone. Through the Your Phone app and planned Microsoft OneDrive integration, data will sync automatically via the cloud, ready to be used on multiple platforms.

The companies also announced that, starting with the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung smartphones will feature an optimized Microsoft Outlook app that "enhances work and personal communications, as well as time management." Through the app, users will be able to have their email, calendar, contacts and attachments in one location.

During yesterday's press event, Microsoft's Shilpa Ranganathan also announced that Your Phone will let users make and receive calls through their PC, though that functionality won't be available until later this year.

"Our ambition is to help people be more productive on any device, anywhere – and the combination of our intelligent experiences with Samsung's powerful, new devices makes this a reality," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch, the two companies revealed other integration efforts, like the new Samsung Galaxy Book S.

Touted as an "always-connected solution that brings the smartphone experience to a laptop," the thin and lightweight Galaxy Book S will have built-in LTE connectivity. Along with its long battery life, officials said, the laptop is a way to "usher in a new mobile computing experience."

Samsung also noted that its DeX interface will be reworked with the launch of the Galaxy Note 10. Previous users of DeX will remember that their compatible devices needed to be plugged into a monitor and required a mouse and keyboard to be paired with the phone. While that use case still exists, officials said the newest version will allow users to simply plug their phone into a compatible Windows or Mac computer. Once it's connected, a screen will pop up with the phone's apps and the option to drag and drop files to and from the device. [For more information about Samsung DeX, check out this related article.]

Andrew Martins

Andrew Martins is an award-winning journalist with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Before joining Business.com and Business News Daily, he wrote for a regional publication and served as the managing editor for six weekly papers that spanned four counties. Currently, he is responsible for reviewing tax software and online fax services. He is a New Jersey native and a first-generation Portuguese American, and he has a penchant for the nerdy.