Microsoft keeps adding new features to the latest version of the Windows operating system, and SMS capabilities have been talked about for some time.
According to a report in WMPoweruser, Windows 10 users will be able to send SMS on their Windows 10 Mobile device using their computer. The new feature comes as part of Windows 10 build 10565 (desktop).
Long-awaited addition to Windows operating system
Users with the latest vuild version will see a new “send SMS” command on their desktop. Although the feature is not yet available on Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build (10549), it will be added from 1056x Mobile builds onward.
As it stands Windows 10 users can send SMS from their computers using Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, Cortana, but it seems likely that the company will include this feature on its new Windows 10 Messaging app. According to WMPoweruser, it’s a major addition that has been long awaited among Windows users.
The current Cortana system allows users to command the digital personal assistant using their voice, or by typing their message on the keyboard. Cortana will also alert users to missed calls on their Windows 10 mobile. In order to use the latter feature, your phone must be tethered to the PC.
Messaging innovation from Microsoft
Although SMS messages are usually only sent from devices that include a SIM card, Microsoft is demonstrating the future of messaging. It is predicted that SIM cards will soon become obsolete, and Microsoft is showing its ability for innovation.
Windows 10 Mobile users are the only ones that stand to benefit at the moment, but Microsoft could soon offer the feature on its Cortana iOS and Android apps. Messaging is an important area of focus for the Redmond-based technology giant, which is also working on unified Skype messaging apps. Windows 10 PC users can now download a preview of the universal Messaging, Phone and Skype video app.
To use the newest Windows 10 features you’ll need to download the latest preview build. To do so, sign up as a Windows Insider to gain access to the latest updates. One word of warning is that these latest builds do tend to suffer from stability issues, so regular users who prioritize the reliability of their operating system may be better off waiting for any kinks to be ironed out.