Microsoft has confirmed that future Windows 10 builds would bring a new feature to insiders (and to retail users with the Anniversary Update in the summer) that will allow them to send SMS messages from their phones using only their desktops.
One of the objectives that Microsoft wants to accomplish with Windows 10 is to bring together PCs and mobile phones and this is one of the reasons the company talks about all devices running its new operating system, be they desktops, handsets, tablets, or tablets, as a whole.
Windows 10 is regarded as an entire platform powering all these devices and that’s why Microsoft is not at all upset with the rather small share of its mobile business. It only wants Windows 10 to grow bigger as a whole platform, trying to offer the same look, feel, and features across all devices.
And one way to do that is to connect PCs and smartphones running Windows 10. A new feature that will debut in the coming builds will allow users to send text messages from their desktops through their phones to any contact.
This feature already exists on iOS and Microsoft is believed to be planning to provide Windows 10 users with a feature similar to Apple’s Handoff that creates an even more advanced connection between PCs and smartphones. It would basically allow to start work on a PC and then continue on a phone from where you left off, so you can write an email on the desktop and then leave and continue adding text while on the go on your phone.
But for the moment, Microsoft is only bringing in the possibility of sending text messages from the desktop through phones. Only Windows 10 Mobile devices will be supported at first, but if a Handoff-like feature is being developed, Cortana could bring such features on non-Windows devices too.
“We will soon be enabling a preview of the ‘Messaging everywhere’ feature in Windows 10 that allows you to send and receive text messages from your phone directly from your Windows 10 PC’s. You will see options for this feature in the Messaging app on PC however an update is required for the Messaging app for Mobile for this experience to work. More to come on this when the experience is live,” Microsoft’s Gabe Aul, head of the Windows Insider program, explained.
There’s no timing info as to when this feature is supposed to arrive, but since the Anniversary Update should be here in July, expect to get it as soon as possible.