Microsoft’s version of Apple’s AirDrop is Now Available to Windows Insiders


One of the most convenient features in the Apple ecosystem is the Airdrop. It is surprising, then, to discover that Microsoft has been secretly working on the company’s own version of the file-sharing feature for Windows computers. The feature is called Near Share, and it is included in the latest build of Windows 10. However, it is only currently available to Insiders of Windows.

The said feature requires that both devices should be running Windows 10 and have this build installed. It works via Bluetooth; if Near Share is enabled on your PC, you will spot a share icon in the apps that you use (or you can simply right-click and select the Share option in Windows Explorer). After you click on the option, you will see a list of devices in Bluetooth range that you can share files to. After the recipient accepts the file, it will appear on their computer. It is worth noting that Google is also working on a similar feature too.

The new build for Windows also has other features including the option to limit the bandwidth that Windows Update uses, the option to mute a tab that is playing audio in Microsoft Edge, improvements to Books context menus, and much more. You can see the full list of updates at the blog of Microsoft.