Microsoft drops Windows 10's 'messaging everywhere' feature

Planned for this summer's big update, it would sync text messages across Windows Mobile and PC.


When the Windows 10 Anniversary update arrives this summer, it will be missing one thing we were expecting: messaging everywhere. The feature Microsoft has been testing was similar to Apple's crossplatform iMessage integration, and Google's SMS-via-Hangouts. Switching on "Send texts on all my Windows devices" enabled users to send and receive text messages from the Messaging app on their computer that synced directly with the app on their phone.

Preview testers had access to Messaging everywhere since April, around the same time Microsoft killed Skype Integration in Windows Mobile messaging. Now, the company says it expects to deliver an experience that's "even better" through the Skype app, probably when it releases a universal Windows version of the app for mobile devices. With the latest version, users won't be able to receive text messages via the app on their computer anymore, however they can still reply using Cortana. PC and Mobile testers in the fast ring should see Build 14376 arriving on their devices shortly, check the blog post for the full list of bug fixes and tweaks included.