Check Out Microsoft’s macOS-Like Windows 10 “Near Share” in Action

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Nov 27, 2017

Earlier this month, Microsoft introduced a new feature called “Near Share” that looked a little too much like Apple’s AirDrop. The file sharing feature is only available to Windows Insiders on the Windows 10 Redstone 4 Preview Build 17035 or later. Near Share essentially allows users to easily share content between Windows devices in the Bluetooth range. Just like AirDrop on macOS and iOS, Near Share shows the devices in the range in the Share options, making it super convenient and simple to share content.

While the feature will be released to the public with the release of the next Windows 10 version in Spring 2018, Insiders can already test it – if they have more than one devices running on the Windows 10 Insider builds.

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How to use Windows 10 Near Share

Can’t wait to test this new feature? If you are an Insider on the Fast ring and actually have two devices on the Redstone 4 Preview Build 17035 or later, follow these steps (via MSPU):

  • In the Quick Settings Pane, activate Windows 10 Near Share.
  • Open the content that you want to Near Share from.
  • On the content (whether in Edge or File Explorer or an app), click on the share icon and you will see the PCs in Bluetooth range.
  • Once you click on their icon, they will receive a notification to accept or reject the content.

To help Windows fans see how exactly it works, Microsoft’s Jen Gentleman has shared a video demonstrating the feature in action.

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Microsoft is also reportedly borrowing another feature from macOS too – making search interface a little too much like Spotlight. While that’s still a work in progress, Windows 10 Near Share appears to work like a charm. The feature is currently only limited to PCs, but will soon be extended to phones, as well.

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