Mobile devices have become an essential part of our lives. They are slowly reducing the time we spend on traditional computers to surf internet, check emails, watch movies or play video games. Nonetheless, traditional computers are still around, and we often find ourselves exchanging information between our mobile devices and computers to keep data backed up or synchronized. Pushbullet, a brilliant Android app that allows users to send almost anything from phone to PC and vice versa, recently took the wrap off of an all-new Windows variant. Pushbullet for Windows lets users quickly send and receive files, links, notes, and text etc. to and from other computers or devices over WiFi.
We covered Pushbullet back in January 2013, but since then, the service surely has outdone itself, adding many extra features to its arsenal, along with a Windows application that should make sharing ever more convenient.
Pushbullet’s Windows tool, which is a public beta as of this writing, has a 7.4 MB installation package, sports context menu integration (allows sending files from their right-click menus), the ability to push links, notes, and files up to 25MB in size. The devs promise greater sizes for file transfer and more features in future builds.
After launching it for the first time, you need to sign in to your Pushbullet account. New users can also use their Google accounts to speed things up. The UI of the application is extremely simple. The drop-down menu at the top lets you select your target Windows PC or device. The five buttons at bottom let you chose the item type you need to share, namely, message, link, attachment, list or contact information.
For simple text messages, you can enter the subject along with the actual message body, while lists are handy for creating to-do items.
Files can be sent by clicking the large button that appears in the middle after selecting the file transfer option (attachment icon) from the bottom, through drag and drop, or from the right-click context menu of the intended file.
Once you’re ready, all you need to do is click ‘Push It!’ to send the item on its way.
It also displays desktop notifications upon sending and receiving files. A small feature, but handy nonetheless.
Pushbullet for Windows works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Remember that the app is currently in beta. As mentioned earlier, more features have been promised in future updates.