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If you are on Windows 10 desktop, you'll want to check for an app update in the Store. The Windows Camera app is updated version 2015.1078.40.

As usual, there is no changelog. However, early reports suggest it fixes an intermittent problem that some new Surface owners (Book, Pro 4) were experiencing. Some users could not snap a photo with the rear (world-facing) camera. They could tap to focus but not grab the photo. Tonight's update reportedly fixes this issue making it rather significant.

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Looks like Microsoft is doing what many users want by delivering the ability to send SMS text messages from your PC to your phone. Signs of this feature are rampant especially with the recent preview release of Messaging and the Phone apps for Windows 10 PCs – the same universal app as found on Windows 10 Mobile.

Now, WinBeta have posted a video that demonstrates this feature is indeed coming with Cortana handling the heavy lifting of the process.

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If you are running Windows 10 Mobile things just got a lot more interesting. The Microsoft Messaging app has been updated from 1.0.12715 to 1.10.7000. What's new? Just the ability to integrate Skype messaging.

Skype Messaging was in an early beta for users but now it looks like the feature is nearly complete as Microsoft has folded it into the official Messaging app for Windows 10 Mobile. This release is also newer than 1.0.12748 release of the Messaging Skype preview version bringing along with it a dark grey background (no longer black) and much improved performance (yes, it seems faster).

Likewise, Skype Video Preview is just called Skype Video now and should install along with the Messaging app update.

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Ever since January, Microsoft has talked about how it is bringing Skype messaging into the native text messaging app on Windows 10 Mobile. This morning, that app has finally leaked through a downloadable link to the Windows Store. The app appears to be installable by anyone with a Windows 10 Mobile device hinting that the app may be released with this week's expected Mobile Preview update.

The Messaging Skype Beta app comes in at just 24.7 MB and asks if it can take over your current Messaging app. Both apps remain, however, if you accept and all new SMS messages go to the new combined App.

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New evidence that Microsoft is closer to releasing their unified 'Skype, Messaging and Video' app for Windows 10 Mobile has come forward. New screenshots and bits about the new app and service corroborate what Microsoft revealed back in January as user can soon seamlessly use Skype and SMS all within one app.

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Windows 10 is due next week, and one thing we know won't be available is the new Skype messaging experience. First announced in January by Microsoft, the Universal Windows messaging app will let users chat using Skype directly from the Messaging app and switch to SMS for Phone users. Indeed, in the Windows 10 PC app, users can even see the ability to switch texting from Skype to presumably the phone, using the OS as a conduit.

Unfortunately, not much has been said about the Skype and Phone messaging app except that it will come later on. Some of our sources have suggested that Threshold Wave 2, which is expected in October, will attempt to bring this feature although plans are not yet finalised.

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Messaging app Cyber Dust is now available for Windows Phone. Cyber Dust aims to be a security-focused messaging platform with apps already available on Android and iOS, and now Windows Phone. Messages sent over Cyber Dust are fully encrypted and self-destruct. To get Cyber Dust take and mix the best features from apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp.

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If BBM and the variety of third-party Snapchat clients aren't secure enough for your messaging needs, entrepreneur Mark Cuban has announced on Twitter that Cyber Dust will be launching next month on Windows Phone. Cyber Dust promises to be a secure, fun messaging experience with stickers, self-destructing messages, and alerts if someone has attempted to save your message by capturing a screen shot.

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Sicher, a new "super-safe" messenger has arrived today on Windows Phone, iPhone and Android devices. Sicher (pronounced "Zee-her") comes from the team behind IM+ and brings free, encrypted chats and file transfers to users. Using the app, you'll be able to chat, send files, photos and voice messages to other users. Sicher goes so far as to not show incoming messages on your lock screen (only an alert) so you have to open the app to get the full message. Sicher features secure end-to-end encryption of messages, files and group chats, anonymous push notifications and self-destruction message settings.

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The Unicode standard has been updated to add an additional 2,834 new characters, which includes about 250 pictographic symbols, or emoji. This expanded list of new symbols could help to add personality to messaging, such as SMS and MMS, Apple's iMessage, BlackBerry's BBM, Google's Hangouts, and other services.

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Just in case you felt as though Windows Phone didn't already have enough mobile messenger apps available on the store, Threema is looking to release an official client. According to the website's frequently asked questions (FAQ) section, a Windows Phone app is actively in development, but with no release date published. If you're not familiar with the service, it's a popular end-to-end encrypted messenger available cross-platform.

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