There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that Microsoft has been marching forward with its cross-platform strategy over the past months. The company has been releasing more and more apps for Android and iOS, trying to spread its wings beyond its own operating systems and grab a few users across the pond. While some of these apps are the serious productive tools that we expect from Redmond, others have been quirky, experimental, and sometimes even wtf-worthy. That’s not the case with OneClip. It’s interesting, useful, and in line with Microsoft’s OneDrive and OneNote efforts.
The service is still in beta and hasn’t been officially announced. It was first mentioned by @WalkingCat on Twitter who then proceeded to leak the various apps’ installation files (Windows 10, iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android). I’ve tried the Android app, but it keeps on failing to register for me, so I’m guessing that Microsoft tightened the ropes on this one as soon as it got out.
Others were luckier and were able to give OneClip a go on several platforms. Once you install OneClip on a device, you can pair it to others with a provided code, and from then on anything you copy on one of the devices will almost instantly appear on the other. It might be similar to what you can do with Pushbullet now, except that it’s frictionless by virtue of its always-on background process nature.
Screenshots via Microsoft-News
OneClip can accept text, images, phone numbers, addresses, web clips, and more. You can force a refresh on any of the devices to make the clips appear faster, but the app seems to be fast enough to not often push you there. Deleting a clip also removes it from all devices.
It’s not clear when OneClip will be officially released, but it seems that the apps are almost ready for primetime — or at least public betas. We’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.