Windows 10 will be the new Universal operating system from Microsoft to have an operating system for all platforms and different sizes of screens. Part of that new strategy is also the UWP – Universal Windows Platform, which brings the ability to run one app on different screen sizes and the application fits the screen so that it is perfect to handle on all devices. Since a mobile operating system does have a messaging app and this is a universal operating system, also the desktop version of the OS has such an app. Microsoft is even planning to bring a calling app with their own SIM card to the desktop operating system. Tough we have no official information on this at this time.
Since a Microsoft SIM card is currently not present Microsoft has integrated their Skype Messenger in the Messaging app for both mobile and desktop users. While this is similar to the integrated Facebook chat which we know from Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft keeps working on their messaging app to make it more usable and a better companion. If you are using messaging services like Telegram or WhatsApp on your phone you may know that you can set others to see whether you have read a message already or not and if you are currently online/writing or not. Seems like Microsoft liked this feature and integrated this in its messaging app, the cool thing about it is, that it is working also with text messages.
If you have installed the latest Windows 10 Mobil Insider Preview Build you can try to use this feature. Unfortunately this is depending on the operator as well since this needs special support. Therefor it is not sure if it works even if you are running the latest Build of Windows 10 Mobile and the person you are writing to is running Windows 10 Mobile on his phone. Below you can have a look at a video where this feature gets demoed:
This is a very neat addition to the messaging app of Windows 10 Mobile and I am looking forward to try this on my phone. Drop me a comment below with your experience, is it working for you or not? Stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
Messaging + Skype