Microsoft removes Messaging Everywhere from Windows 10 with the latest Preview build

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

The latest Windows 10 Preview build doesn’t bring any new features to the system but for the first time this year, it actually removed one. Messaging Everywhere, the feature that would have allowed users to send SMS messages from their Windows 10 PCs, is no more.

Microsoft said that users received the feature well, but the company feels it would perform better as part of the Skype app for Windows 10. However, the ability to reply to text messages with Cortana is still present. With the feature gone, it also won’t make the cut for the Anniversary Update.

“We have been testing with Windows Insiders a preview of the “Messaging everywhere” feature that allows you to receive and send text messages from your Windows 10 phone directly to and from your Windows 10 PC. The experience was well-received by Insiders however we believe we can deliver an even better experience through the Skype app. Because of this, we decided not to release this feature as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer.”

Insiders are actually unsatisfied by Microsoft’s decision, as some actually want the company to bring the feature back in the Anniversary Update. But Windows 10 users really have no reason to be mad at Microsoft for removing Messaging Everywhere from Windows 10, because there are still other options available.

Some might say Microsoft did this to encourage people to use Skype, but if users don’t want to use Skype to send text messages from their computer, they can always use Cortana.

What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to remove Messaging Everywhere from Windows 10? Are Cortana or Skype indeed better options for sending SMS messages from a PC? Tell us your opinion in the comments.

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