Windows Phone 8.1 ‘Project My Screen' PC app now available

After Microsoft launched its Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers last week, one component of the update that got users particularly excited was a feature called ‘Project My Screen’.

However, that enthusiasm was soon tempered slightly by the news that the feature wasn’t quite ready for action, with users having to wait for the arrival of a companion app that would facilitate the mirroring of a handset’s display on a PC screen.

Now, though, the wait is at an end, as WMPowerUser reports. Matteo Pagani, an MVP for Windows Phone Development, tweeted to his followers that the PC application that enables the feature is now available to download from Microsoft’s servers.

Download and install the application on your PC and, when prompted, connect your handset via USB to the PC. Any requisite drivers will be automatically installed on your computer; a prompt will also appear on your device awaiting your confirmation that you wish to project your screen. 

et voila! You should see your handset’s screen projected on to your PC’s display. The app runs on the Windows desktop (rather than being a Modern app), and is full-screen by default - just press Esc to force the app into a windowed mode instead. 

One particularly pleasing feature for those who have a PC with a touchscreen is that you can also interact with your phone via the PC’s display – tap the People tile on the PC projection, for example, and the People hub will open on your phone. Nice. 

At the moment, Project My Screen works only over USB; Wi-Fi support is in the works, but there's no word yet on when it's expected to arrive. For now, you'll just have to be patient – but in the meantime, console yourself with the knowledge that good things come to those who wait. 

Source: Matteo Pagani via WMPowerUser | Download link: Microsoft Download Center 


Addendum: If you've followed all the steps properly, but you're still having problems getting Project My Screen to work, don't panic. Neowin subscriber +Heartripper spotted a very handy step-by-step guide over on Reddit for those experiencing issues, which should (hopefully) help you get it all up and running!
Thanks, +Heartripper!

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Yes! Finally. I need to get a Windows Phone.

Is there a way to share my PC to WP natively yet? Or are they working on something like this? This would just make my life even easier :) control servers from your phone on the way to work from your phone w coffee on hand = the dream.

Why is there no RT version? Even if it's a desktop app Microsoft has all the keys to get this to install on the desktop side of Surface 2. Every time they do things like this it makes me feel more and more that RT is dead to them and I wasted my money on two surfaces.

Justin Jones said,
Why is there no RT version? Even if it's a desktop app Microsoft has all the keys to get this to install on the desktop side of Surface 2. Every time they do things like this it makes me feel more and more that RT is dead to them and I wasted my money on two surfaces.

Couple people posted above that this is only an internal or preliminary application.

Installed the software and plugged the phone in - and voilà - no workaround was needed. This is really cool. I can now charge my phone while using it as a second productivity device on my desktop. The mouse works just like using your finger on the phone.

This really should have been a Metro app for Windows 8.1 users. The installer looks like a throwback to the Windows 95 days. Awful. Worse, there's no visible way of closing the thing outside of pressing Alt-F4. Who designed this?

Dot Matrix said,
This really should have been a Metro app for Windows 8.1 users.

Well, since Windows 7 is still officially supported, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to exclude the majority of users yea?
Dot Matrix said,
Awful. Worse, there's no visible way of closing the thing outside of pressing Alt-F4. Who designed this?

Alt-enter is the standard keystroke to toggle windowed versus full-screen, which does work here too by the way. Also, F1 is the standard keystroke to bring up help, which also works here too. Granted, there should be a visible cue for that.

It's a simple test program to demonstrate this feature. Microsoft will release an official public version modern app. Btw. you can press escape which brings the program out of kiosk mode and it will be a standard desktop app with a menu bar.

Dot Matrix said,
This really should have been a Metro app for Windows 8.1 users. The installer looks like a throwback to the Windows 95 days. Awful. Worse, there's no visible way of closing the thing outside of pressing Alt-F4. Who designed this?

Patience. :) If you press ESC while it is running it takes you out of full screen mode and into windowed mode. I assume it starts in full screen mode as people using it would most times be presenting to others.

Dot Matrix said,
This really should have been a Metro app for Windows 8.1 users. The installer looks like a throwback to the Windows 95 days. Awful. Worse, there's no visible way of closing the thing outside of pressing Alt-F4. Who designed this?

This is a quick update to an internal application Microsoft has been using since WP7, before Windows 8 existed. -Give them time to get a Modern App, as it was released early to the public.

Mobius Enigma said,

This is a quick update to an internal application Microsoft has been using since WP7, before Windows 8 existed. -Give them time to get a Modern App, as it was released early to the public.

A Win8.1 app for this would work nicely snapped to the side.

Dot Matrix said,
This really should have been a Metro app for Windows 8.1 users. The installer looks like a throwback to the Windows 95 days. Awful. Worse, there's no visible way of closing the thing outside of pressing Alt-F4. Who designed this?

Press escape to exit full screen.

I connected it to my laptop last night, took it outside with a stand to hold my phone still and controlled the camera through my laptop to take some long exposure shots. You don't have to worry about shaking the phone and you get a big preview of what the image looks like before and after taking the shot.

George P said,
Good to see they released it sooner rather than later, lots of developers wanted this ability from the start.

There is a millisecond delay on the pc screen. But still it's a good way to show off pics on large screens.