Please implement Microsoft "Your Phone" support for Chat Accounts

Bug #1809975 reported by Jeb E. on 2018-12-28
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Mozilla Thunderbird
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Wishlist
thunderbird (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

I would love to see support for Microsoft Accounts "Your Phone/Companion" feature in Thunderbird's "Chat Accounts" tool. This would allow me to synchronize my text messages and notifications with my Android device.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.10
Package: thunderbird 1:60.2.1+build1-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.18.0-12.13-lowlatency 4.18.17
Uname: Linux 4.18.0-12-lowlatency x86_64
AddonCompatCheckDisabled: False
ApportVersion: 2.20.10-0ubuntu13.1
Architecture: amd64
AudioDevicesInUse:
 USER PID ACCESS COMMAND
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BuildID: 20181011091051
Channel: Unavailable
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Fri Dec 28 08:22:33 2018
Extensions: extensions.sqlite corrupt or missing
ForcedLayersAccel: False
IfupdownConfig:
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IncompatibleExtensions: Unavailable (corrupt or non-existant compatibility.ini or extensions.sqlite)
InstallationDate: Installed on 2018-08-17 (133 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" - Release amd64 (20180426)
IpRoute:
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Locales: extensions.sqlite corrupt or missing
MostRecentCrashID: bp-28d5ae3f-24c9-47bb-9bd3-c0fb10180818
PrefSources: prefs.js
Prefs:
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RfKill:
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  Soft blocked: no
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RunningIncompatibleAddons: False
SourcePackage: thunderbird
SubmittedCrashIDs: bp-28d5ae3f-24c9-47bb-9bd3-c0fb10180818
Themes: extensions.sqlite corrupt or missing
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to cosmic on 2018-10-19 (69 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 09/21/2011
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Jeb E. (jebeld17) wrote :
Paul White (paulw2u) wrote :

This is something that needs to be implemented upstream by the developers of Thunderbird.

Please create a request at https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/ and let us know the URL of the upstream report so that the issue can be tracked here in Launchpad.

Paul White (paulw2u) on 2019-01-12
summary: - Microsoft "Your Phone" support for Chat Accounts
+ Please implement Microsoft "Your Phone" support for Chat Accounts
C de-Avillez (hggdh2) wrote :

setting to wishlist per request from PaulW2U on #ubuntu-bugs. Leaving as new.

Changed in thunderbird (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 8.0.0; HTC U11) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/71.0.3578.99 Mobile Safari/537.36 EdgA/42.0.92.3330

Steps to reproduce:

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Actual results:

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Expected results:

I would love to see support for Microsoft Accounts "Your Phone/Companion" feature in Thunderbird's "Chat Accounts" tool. This would allow me to synchronize my text messages and notifications with my Android device.

Changed in thunderbird (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Jeb E. (jebeld17) wrote :

Bug added to Mozilla's registry at:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1525360

I'm unfamiliar with what this "Your Phone/Companion" product is. Can you link to something about it?

Changed in thunderbird:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
Jeb E. (jebeld17) wrote :

I believe it functions with Graph APIs, but I'm not certain for sure.

jebeld17 ?

Changed in thunderbird:
importance: Medium → Wishlist

In error, jebeld17 provided the following information on Launchpad instead of here:

>@clokep-4
>https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4459358/windows-10-your-phone-app-help
>I believe it functions with Graph APIs, but I'm not certain for sure.

Paul,

Thanks for providing that link!

My quick summary of how this works is:
1. You install something on your PC and log into your Microsoft account.
2. You install an app on your Android phone.
3. You can view and send text messages (and photos) from your computer

I assume this works by bouncing all data via a server:
* To send a text:
    * The PC application makes an API call to the server.
    * The Android app gets a push notification and checks the server, then sends the text message.
* On a text being received:
    * The Android app makes an API call to the server.
    * The PC application gets notified and displays the message.

But I might be wrong, somewhere in the docs it says something about the Android device having to be on WiFi, so it's possible the devices directly connect somehow.

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