Microsoft has finally done something fans have been expecting for quite some time: allowing Windows 10 users to view their text messages on their computers. This feature came bundled in the new Insider Build and via the Messaging + Skype app.
To view messages from your Windows 10 Mobile device on your Windows 10 computer via Messaging + Skype, you must first be a part of the Insider Preview program and on the Fast ring.
From what we have seen, SMS messages sent and received will be shown in the Messaging + Skype app. However, there is one big condition: these messages must first be stored in the Windows 10 back-up system.
To back-up your SMS messages, just go to Settings>Backup on your Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone 8 smartphone. You can even set your messages to be backed up automatically. Bear in mind that all backed up contents are saved on OneDrive.
After backing up, all SMS messages should now be visible on your Windows 10 PC by way of the Messaging + Skype app.
Now, while we do enjoy what this new update has done for the Messaging + Skype app, we’re none too pleased with the fact that it is no longer possible to send emoji and media messages. This should be addressed in a future update, so keep an eye out for that.
Despite the new additions to the Messaging + Skype app, we’re still not too pleased with it overall. The design is unimpressive, the features are inferior when compared to the x86 version of Skype and it is still a buggy mess.
When compared to similar x86 apps, apps from the Windows Store tend to be underwhelming. This problem is a bigger issue with video games, so we’re hoping Microsoft talks a lot about developing Windows Store apps to the same standard as x86 apps at //build 2016 this month.
We’ll be tuning in and giving extensive coverage on everything as it happens at the conference.