On the list of things we didn’t realise weren’t immediately obvious about the messaging app for Windows 10 is its new support for RCS and similar Advanced Messaging systems.
On the Windows 10 January 21st event, Joe Belfiore stated “What we’re doing is we’re building in support to the messaging app so that IP-based messaging systems like the ones that mobile operators are rolling out and Skype can be elegantly integrated right into messaging.”, and accordingly, RCS has been built into the messaging app for nearly half a year now.
For the uninformed, RCS refers to Rich Chat Services, a protocol that grants SMS the same features normally found in chat based apps like Whatsapp and iMessage such as typing indicators and read receipts (oddly enough, the actual Skype portion of the app doesn’t support this yet).
If you are running a supported carrier like Vodafone UK, you should see the option for chat now appear in your messaging settings and allow you to use these features with other Vodafone users. Of course, as it is carrier limited, users with the wrong carrier will be unable to use them. Here is the relevant Microsoft FAQ addressing this.
We would also note that Windows Phone 8.1 users can make use of RCS by downloading Microsoft Mobile’s legacy Messaging + app from the Windows Phone store, though you will need a compatible sim to be able to even download the app.
Have you made use of RCS on your Windows 10 Mobile phone? Let us know in the comments below.