The new Skype UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app was announced for Windows 10 Mobile devices and soon, it will include Messaging Everywhere, a feature which was removed from the default Messaging app. When this feature returns this summer, sending a message from your Windows 10 Mobile phone will be available to view on your Windows 10 PC, as well.
With this move, Microsoft wants to replace the existing Skype app for Windows 10 with the Skype UWP with this new feature, “giving you the ability to send and receive texts, group messages, and photos all in one app, as well as a single view of your SMS and Skype conversations.”
Messaging Everywhere was recently removed from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Microsoft explained this removal was necessary because the feature was to be built into Skype. However, this functionality will be known as SMS Relay instead of Messaging Everywhere. The mobile version of Skype will also support Group Calling with up to 25 people who can make video calls for free.
The PC version of Skype will also receive some love: The ability to call mobile and land lines, leave and receive voice mails, and place calls on hold along with call waiting, improved search, file and screen sharing and translation for audio and video calls. We remind you the Skype UWP is expected to be released alongside the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and until then, the preview is accessible through the Windows Insider Program.
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