Messaging Everywhere removed

Microsoft announced that they are removing Messaging Everywhere app from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Starting with Build 14376, Insiders will no longer able to reply to text messages from their phone via the Messaging app on their PCs. But the company will continue to focus on bringing a much better experience to the Skype app. Windows mobile users will no longer be able to sync text messages between PC and phone.

Dona Sarkar posted on official blog,

We have been testing with Windows Insiders a preview of the “Messaging everywhere” feature that allows you to receive and send text messages from your Windows 10 phone directly to and from your Windows 10 PC. The experience was well-received by Insiders 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. Starting with Build 14376 and going forward, Insiders will no longer have the ability to reply to text messages from their phone via the Messaging app on their PCs. The ability to reply to text messages on your PC using Cortana is unaffected. 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. We will share more details about this experience in the months ahead.

Messaging Everywhere app had a neat feature that allowed easy SMS texting from Windows PC without the need of picking up your phone. Now Microsoft is going try to put SMS feature into Skype UWP app(which is also in development). Meanwhile, SMS from the Windows desktop will still be possible with Cortana.

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