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Windows update lets you answer Android calls on a PC

09 October 2019

Microsoft has demoed the phone call feature twice: first during the Galaxy Note 10 launched and then at the Surface Event.

Besides this, Microsoft has also put up a notice as a reminder for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users, warning them that the extended support for these two operating systems is about to end in the next two months and that they will no longer receive updates as of January 14, 2020.

To get started with the new calling functionality, you need to download the Your Phone app on your Android phone.

The Duo runs full Android, with an OS adapted from the Microsoft Launcher built by Microsoft.

Microsoft's recent Windows patch history has been shoddy.

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It's another handy feature for the increasingly essential (for Windows 10 users equipped with compatible Android handsets at least) Your Phone app, although Mac users would be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about. If you have previously paired your devices, unpair your devices and go through the Calls set up flow again.

The most important change concerns an issue causing increased connection latency and CPU usage on computers, either clients or servers, that don't use Extended Master Secret (EMS) RFC 7627.

Fixed an issue where search would crash if a Start Menu layout including a folder had been applied via group policy.

In Narrator braille, group header contextual elements are now represented with a "grp" abbreviation instead of "group".

Magnifier now remembers its window position after close and will reopen in that same location next time.

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Okay, so for perspective, let's rewind slightly to the previous cumulative update KB4517211, which implemented a number of fixes including a solution for muffled game audio, but also introduced new bugs, causing major issues for printers (seemingly HP models in the main).

Fixed an issue where some devices configured to Use HDR may have experienced a bluish tint on their HDR displays after using Night Light. Another bug fix also allows you to stop recording when capturing a repro video for the Feedback Hub.

There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes.

The message reads: "You're now running a version of Windows that's nearing the end of support". The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18999 (20H1) was launched as an early release Tuesday to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

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Windows update lets you answer Android calls on a PC