Microsoft Phone Link, previously known as Microsoft Your Phone, is emerging as an increasingly useful tool, especially for those wielding Android 14-powered flagship smartphones. This software suite, comprising the Link to Windows companion app for Android and the Phone Link app for Windows, is poised to further bridge the gap between mobile and desktop computing.
Recent developments suggest that the developers behind the Link to Windows app are actively working on an innovative feature, as revealed by code findings reported by Android Authority. This new feature is set to revolutionize how we use our smartphone cameras, allowing them to double as webcams for PCs. While the feature is hinted at through various code strings, the term "webcam" is not explicitly mentioned, but the context strongly suggests its application in video calls.
Microsoft to turn your smartphone into a webcam for your PC
The integration would work through a camera stream launched from the smartphone, making the phone's camera accessible to the connected Windows PC. This feature, once operational, would be part of Microsoft’s Phone Link ecosystem, which facilitates seamless connectivity between Android phones and Windows devices. However, it remains unclear whether this capability will be universally available to all devices with the Link to Windows app installed, or if it will be limited to specific models.
This potential feature aligns with Microsoft's ongoing efforts to enhance interoperability and user experience across its software platforms, particularly in an era where remote work and virtual communication are increasingly commonplace.