Messaging Everywhere functionally removed from the Anniversary Update
The feature will be integrated into the Universal Skype app
Microsoft has already tested a number of implementations of the unified messaging experience promised for Windows 10. First, it was the Messaging app with integrated Skype. Later in 2016, Microsoft removed the Skype integration and introduced ‘Messaging Everywhere’ in build 14327 for PC and Mobile. Messaging Everywhere allowed users to send and receive text messages directly from the PC.
Now Microsoft has again changed direction by announcing that Messaging Everywhere won’t make its way to the official Anniversary Update scheduled for August 2. In a blog post, Microsoft informs that a better experience could be delivered through the upcoming Skype app that will eventually support replying to text messages on the PC.
Starting with build 14376 the Insiders won’t be able to use the Messaging app to receive and reply to text messages on their PCs. At the same time, Cortana can still be used to reply to texts from the PC. Microsoft is currently working on the Skype UWP app for PC and Mobile that is expected to debut for everyone by the end of the year.