Users want Messaging Everywhere back before Windows 10 Anniversary Update

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

The reason why Microsoft has yet to introduce the Messaging Everywhere feature to Windows 10 because it wants to make it part of the Skype app instead. This news is upsetting users who are using the Windows Feedback to call for Microsoft to bring this feature back before the Anniversary Update goes live on August 2.

Users have taken the Feedback app by storm, demanding Microsoft bring back Messaging Everywhere in Windows 10, a feature that allows them to send and receive phone messages to/from their computers running the new operating system. Unfortunately, their efforts were for null: Microsoft has other plans for Messaging Everywhere as it wants to make it part of the Skype UWP app.

“We decided not to release this feature as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer. Starting with Build 14376 and going forward, Insiders will no longer have the ability to reply to text messages from their phone via the Messaging app on their PCs. The ability to reply to text messages on your PC using Cortana is unaffected,” said Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, when the Windows 10 build 14376 was released last month.

Dona Sarkar added that “we will be working with the Skype Team on delivering a great ‘messaging everywhere’ experience on your Windows 10 devices through the Skype app.”

Perhaps a large enough number of votes from users will convince Microsoft to change its mind about implementing Messaging Everywhere into Skype, but this remains to be seen. Usually, the company is open to suggestions and it takes user feedback into account, but we don’t know why this time the company has been so stubborn. For Microsoft, this is a hard decision and if it won’t comply with user demand, it will surely attract a new wave of complaints.

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