Microsoft has decided to drop its “messaging everywhere” feature that allowed users to send text messages from their Windows 10 PC. The company now plans to deliver “an even better experience” through Skype.
Messaging everywhere was supposed to be Microsoft’s answer to services like iMessage. It allowed users to send and receive text messages on their Windows 10 PC via a smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile.
The service has been in testing with Windows Insiders since back in April, and it was supposed to make its public debut this summer with the big Anniversary Update that looks to be dropping on August 2. But not anymore.
“The experience was well-received by Insiders,” Microsoft says, “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.”
So, as of preview build 14376, which rolled out on Tuesday, messaging everywhere will no longer be available inside Windows 10. It should be noted, however, that the ability to reply to messages on your PC via Cortana will be sticking around.
“Going forward, we will be working with the Skype Team on delivering a great “messaging everywhere” experience on your Windows 10 devices through the Skype app,” Microsoft adds. It plans to share more information about this in the coming months.