Microsoft Edge’s Drop feature allows you to 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 range 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 be one of the sidebar widgets that will add additional functionality to the browser.

Interestingly, instead of a file-browser-like user interface, Microsoft opted for something akin to 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 take a screenshot and annotate it with basic editing tools. This can be used for even more detailed 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 the cloud storage (and take up space on 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 benefit is that once a file has been downloaded, it will be available 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, download Edge Canary on Windows and Android.

Source | Going through

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