Microsoft has been teasing its Skype fans for quite a while with the possibility of sending SMS messages. Its November 2015 Update (1511) last year added three applications to Windows 10 which were meant to integrate Skype into the operating system: Skype Video, Phone and Messaging.
On mobile devices, the Messaging feature has served as both a Skype and SMS client, but we all know that it never really worked well via the Skype app.
When the Anniversary Update was in preview, Microsoft promised that Messaging Everywhere would be released to finally bring the SMS functionality to the Messaging application on computers. Unfortunately, the company discontinued this project along with all Skype integration in exchange for a new UWP Skype Preview app, which allows SMS integration rather than the other way around.
Fast Ring Insiders are now finally able to see how the SMS functionality from the Skype Preview app works. If you are a Windows Insider on the Fast Ring, you will be able to update the Skype Preview app to 11.8.180 right from the Windows Store.
After installing the new Skype Preview app version, go to your mobile device’s Settings > SMS section and choose Skype as your default SMS application. It is good to know the PC version also has SMS settings which will allow you to sync your conversations as well.
Unfortunately, we’re not sure when this new feature will be released to non-Insiders, but rumors are suggesting that this will not happen until the Redstone 2 update is rolled out, which is expected to come sometime in April 2017. Hopefully, these changes made to Skype will increase its number of active users, which is just a little over 300 million.
For more information on how to set Skype as your default SMS app, check out the latest post on Skype’s official blog.
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