As we covered already, Skype team has released a new update for the Skype Preview app for the fast ring insiders. The latest update was a great one as it bring many cool things. Most importantly it brings the new SMS relay feature. It is not simple as the name, it is really great. We don’t have to take our phones in the hand to read or respond to the SMS messages. Now everything can be done with the updated Skype Preview app from your PC without touching the phone.
Interesting? Yes, you can view new messages as they arrive and respond to messages from your computer. Send and receive texts, group messages, and photos all in one app with a single view of your SMS and Skype conversations.
Still don’t know how to use the new feature? Have a look at the below guide. Please note that you need the latest version of Skype Preview app on your Insider Windows 10 mobile and PC device. The latest version is 11.8.180, if you are sure about this, then go ahead:
On your Windows phone, launch Skype Preview, go to settings and select “Make Skype your default messaging app”; and
On your Windows PC, launch Skype Preview, go to settings and select “Enable Skype on this device to sync my SMS messages.”
As per the official announcement from the Skype Team, this feature will soon roll out to the normal users. That public version will have more new features and improvements rather than this SMS relay feature. The features that are in the insider version will available on public version soon. It includes the ability to hide conversations, add contact button, and support for Skype URIs.
But surprisingly, the Skype team has also announced some of the new features that they are working on, checkout them:
- 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.
Now what do you think? Give a salute to the Skype team.
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