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    WINDOWS 11 By Lance Whitney Connecting your iPhone or Android phone to Windows 11 lets you make phone calls, send texts, and view notifications direct
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    • #2636756

      Seems like a handy tool. Turns out our smartphone, a Doro 8035, is too old. It runs Android 7.1.2 and it cannot run the ‘Link to Windows’ app…..

    • #2636762

      Why should I give Microsoft access and harvest my iPhone’s personnel data ?

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      Lance:

      Thanks for this “how-to” !

      I have been hoping that Phone Link would evolve to support synchronization of contacts and calendar between Outlook and the iPhone. I have been using iTunes to sync, but it appears that iTunes may be going end-of-life sometime soon since Apple has released a new suite of software for Windows OS. Unfortunately I don’t see a new sync. tool.

      I have been using iTunes to sync, but it appears that it may be going end-of-life sometime soon since Apple has released a new suite of software for Windows OS. Unfortunately I don’t see a new sync. tool.

      This question is somewhat off-topic, so feel free to ignore me, but if you are aware of any new solutions for sync-ing Outlook to the iPhone I’d be much appreciative.

      Thanks,
      Jim

      • #2637180

        Apple has a new version of iCloud for Windows that is supposed to be a big improvement over the older version. And it offers Outlook calendar and contact syncing. I haven’t actually tried the syncing yet, but you may want to give it a shot – https://support.apple.com/en-us/103232

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        • #2637329

          I missed the iCloud for Windows announcement – THANKS for leading me to that!
          One of the release notes says:

          • Resolves contact and calendar syncing problems with Outlook
          (requires the latest version of Windows 11, version 22H2 or later).

          That strikes me as odd, I’m still on W10 and had planned to stick with it until it gets close to end-of-support….

          Always something….  :-/

    • #2636847

      I’ve been using Phone Link with my Android phone for months.  It starts with windows, and I find it quite handy.

      Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
      We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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      Why should I give Microsoft access and harvest my iPhone’s personnel data ?

      That was my first thought as I started the article.

      However, even if one is cautious about such a possibility, another issue on disclosure of info on a phone has been making the headlines.  Here is a Malwarebytes blog post on what car makers hoover up from your phone.

      https://www.malwarebytes.com/blog/podcast/2023/09/what-does-a-car-need-to-know-about-your-sex-life

      Before I read this article, with my newest vehicle, I setup and paired my iPhone to the car via Bluetooth.  The basic pairing included the phone and contact lists.  However, I found it also included my recent and missed calls, all front on center on the iPad-like dash.

      Fortunately, I did not authorize it to do text messages.  After an update of the car software or the iPhone, I needed to re-pair the Bluetooth and decided to see what text messages were like.  They too are front and center for all to read, and even worse pop-up automatically creating a distraction, especially it the original text was a group text that leads to text-fest storm.  I rapidly deleted the iPhone and re-paired it with just telephone calling.

      It is bad enough to constantly have to research apps to see what they they want to access, but the car integrations potentially far surpass just PCs and phones, as they can also save and potentially share verbal conversations.

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    • #2637325

      I’m not interested in doing this but that article looked like it took a good deal of work to put together.

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