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.
In the video, Zac Bowden demonstrates how you can initiate an SMS message through Cortana. From there, the message is sent and received to a Windows 10 Mobile emulator. However, we should caution that although Windows 10 Insiders running build 10565 can initiate the text messaging they will be unable to receive the message. The build of Windows 10 Mobile to get this to work is in the 1056x range and is not available for those running Windows 10 Mobile build 10549, which came out this week.
None of that matters at least for now as instead we seemingly have confirmation that texting within Windows 10 devices is a feature coming shortly. However, there are still many questions that need to be answered, for example:
- Is Cortana needed for this to work or could someone just use the Messaging and Phone apps?
- Is this only for devices running Windows 10 – PC or Mobile – or would phones using Cortana e.g. iPhones and Android be able to participate as well?
Obviously, there are many details yet to be filled in my Microsoft, but we like what we see. The ability for all Windows 10 devices to send and receive texts – including eventually Xbox One – is a rather momentous event considering how important communication is these days.
We should also mention that Cortana can remind you if you missed a call, something found currently under Cortana's Notebook in build 10565.
Hopefully, this feature will be ready by the time the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL hit store shelves.
What say you? Will this be the killer feature you are looking for? Let us know in comments!
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