Microsoft Edge’s Drop feature will let you share files between your computer and your phone

You can already use Microsoft’s Phone Link app to transfer files between your Windows PC/laptop and your Android smartphone (well, you can if you have a Galaxy phone). Microsoft is now working on a way to share files between a wider selection of devices running Windows, Android, and even Mac.

This feature is called Drop and is currently being tested in the Canary version of the Edge browser. It will become one of the sidebar widgets, which will add additional functionality to the browser.

Interestingly, instead of a file-browser-like user interface, Microsoft opted for something resembling a messenger. You can drag and drop files, but you can also send messages – handy if you want to leave a note about a particular file or send yourself a reminder.

You can do more with Drop – Microsoft recently added the ability to capture a screenshot and annotate it with basic editing tools. This can be used for even more elaborate notes and reminders.

Unlike Phone Link, Drop does not do local transfers. In fact, it’s just a front-end for OneDrive – any files you send will be uploaded to cloud storage (and take up space in your account). The advantage of using it directly instead of OneDrive is that the Drop interface is more convenient for those who already use Edge as their primary browser.

Another advantage is that once a file has been downloaded, it will be accessible from all devices connected to your Microsoft account. This simplifies sharing between multiple devices (desktop, laptop, phone, tablet, etc.).

If you want to try it before the stable version, you will have to download Edge Canary on Windows and on Android.

Source | Going through

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