Microsoft's version of AirDrop is available to Windows Insiders

Swapna Krishna
AirDrop is one of the most convenient features of being in the Apple ecosystem.

AirDrop is one of the most convenient features of being in the Apple ecosystem. It's unsurprising, then, to learn that Microsoft has been working on its own version of the file sharing feature for Windows computers. It's called Near Share, and it's included in the latest build of Windows 10, currently available to Windows Insiders.

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

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

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  • This article originally appeared on Engadget.