An updated Skype Preview app for Windows 10 PC and Mobile for the Windows Insider in the Fast ring release brings SMS support.
The feature referred to as “SMS relay”, Microsoft notes it allows users to send and receive SMS and MMS messages directly from a Windows 10 PC, “when Skype on your Windows 10 Mobile is set as the default messaging app.”
That said, new messages will now appear as they arrive in the Skype preview app on you PC, and you can view new messages or respond to messages directly from there.
Skype Preview now is an all-in-one app with a single view that include “send, receive texts, group messages, and photos as well as Skype conversations.”
In addition, some already exisiting features in this release build include: “the ability to hide conversations, add contact button and support for Skype URIs (start Skype calls and chats directly from websites, desktop and mobile apps).”
The SMS relay feature, Microsoft says, will be coming to Skype Preview for consumers “over the next few months.”
Additionally, skype team says it’s now working on more improvements such as:
- Improved messaging – message sent status, copy and paste quoted messages, read/unread line indicator, preview a URL in chat, keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop of files and photos, drag and drop of URLs from browsers, and video messaging.
- Easier calling – start call or conversation from profile page, group calls continue even when the initiator leaves, audio/video device settings, loudspeaker improvements.
- Additional Windows Mobile updates – transparent tile, video calls will default to loud speaker for video calls, and improved back button navigation.
To use the new SMS relay feature, make sure to install latest Skype Preview app on both your Windows 10 PC and Mobile, then set Skype as yout default SMS app—”on your Windows phone, launch Skype Preview app, go to settings, then select “Make Skype your default messaging app,” writes skype team, adding, “Now on your PC, launch Skype Preview, go to settings, select “Enable Skype on this device to sync my SMS messages.”
Update 09/21: According to an article a transition of Skype for Business is coming over to Redmond, and that might be the symptom of the new cross platform application currently called “Skype for Life”.
Currently, the company has the traditional Windows desktop app; the new Universal Windows Platform app for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Xbox, and Skype; the Skype Web client; and a Web-based standalone app for Linux (which apparently has internal builds that run on Windows, too). Skype also has mobile apps for iOS and Android in addition to a macOS client.
“This is an excessive number of clients, and what we’re hearing is that Microsoft’s solution is to develop yet another client, codenamed ‘Skype for Life’,” according to the acrticle. “This one client will be cross-platform, covering not just Windows but Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android.”