Microsoft's Your Phone app for Windows has received a new capability for the screen mirroring feature, which is only available on some devices. Now, interacting with your phone through the Your Phone app can be done using an active pen on your PC, which should make it easier to make doodles and draw on pictures.
The feature was announced by Microsoft's Analy Otero Diaz on Twitter (via OnMSFT). It even supports multiple pressure levels, which most active pens have, in apps that support it, so the experience feels more natural. Since most phones don't come with a pen, though, it's likely that most apps won't support it, unless you have a Galaxy Note10.
Hey #WindowsInsiders! In addition to touch, mouse, and keyboard, you can now use pen in phone screen to interact with your mobile apps! It will respect pressure sensitivity on apps that support it. Check it out in the #YourPhone app! pic.twitter.com/XbFLMMuTZ8— Analy Otero Diaz (@AnalyMsft) December 10, 2019
The screen mirroring feature was initially introduced into the Your Phone app earlier this year, and at first, it supported a few devices from different manufacturers. However, only a handful of Samsung phones are now supported, as Microsoft and Samsung entered a partnership to enable a more reliable experience on its phones. You can find a list of compatible phones here.
Even if you have a different phone, the Your Phone app can let you send texts, make calls, manage notifications, and view pictures from your phone on your PC. You'll need the Your Phone Companion app for Android, though.