Microsoft’s messaging app finally shows signs of SMS integration on PC


Microsoft’s messaging app has been – for the most part – a useless app for many users since it’s debut on PCs. It did not have many of the features that made Skype useful since it hit  PCs in late November, and has only just picked up support for Skype’s Mojis and photo sharing – a feature that was present for almost a year on other OSes. While Windows 10 PCs have the ability to interact with SMS in a variety of ways – including sending them via Cortana or using either or a third-party app to view them, the actual messaging app had no way to actually interact with messages – until recently at least.

SMS PC Messaging tile

We recently noticed the app’s live tile began to show SMS notifications for messages received on SMS on the PC app as shown above. It’s not clear when the app picked up this capability or whether it is due to the background plumbing changes in Redstone insider builds. There are a few things to note though, the messages doesn’t actually *display* in the messaging app, they just cycle through on the live tile. Another thing to note is that the Windows People app also features SMS syncing in the history section, so it is not inconceivable that the messaging app would do so as well. It’s clear that Microsoft has some plans for the messaging app, it just needs to realise them before the average Joe and Jane banish it into the void and never see it again.

Has anyone else encountered this on PCs? Let us know in the comments below.

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