Microsoft today released a new preview for PCs with easier access to the Your Phone app. This build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release later this year (likely in October 2018). The company is also releasing builds from the 19H1 branch, which, as its name indicates, will arrive in the first half of next year.

Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new features on a regular basis. Microsoft has released five major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, and April 2018 Update.

The Your Phone app lets you access your phone’s content — like text messages, photos, and notifications — right on your Windows 10 PC. Your Phone has received a new desktop pin, a slightly easier way to get to it than going through the all apps list in the Start Menu or hitting the Windows key and searching for it. This entry point is the only thing that’s new — Your Phone still only works with Android devices and is limited to syncing photos.

We still don’t know what the next update will be called, but the rumor is it will be “Windows 10 October 2018 Update.” Today’s build has confirmed the version number — Windows 10 version 1809 — which means Windows Insiders will likely see RS5 finalized in September. Assuming this update follows its predecessors, the public will get it a month later.

This desktop build also includes the following general bug fixes and improvements:

  • Updated the Emoji Panel to now support search and tooltips for the Emoji 11 emoji that were added…

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