Microsoft has stated that it would love to work with Apple to add iMessage support on Windows 10. This statement comes days after Microsoft revealed its new “Your Phone” app for iOS and Android platforms during its annual developers’ conference, Build 2018. As reported previously, the app is aimed at turning your Windows 10-powered desktop into a second screen. This means that the app will mirror important functions such as messaging and notifications to your desktop so that you can check and even respond to those messages without unlocking your smartphone.
The app gives users the ability to control their photos and notifications directly from their desktop. There is some difference between the level of functionality between Android and iOS because of the open nature of Android and the somewhat closed and restrictive nature of iOS. However, one of the major exceptions when it comes to iOS is the fact that there is no support for iMessage in the app. This means that iOS users will still have to unlock their iOS-powered devices to respond to texts on iMessage.
According to an interview that The Verge conducted with Joe Belfiore and Shilpa Ranganathan, Shilpa confirmed the difficulties that Microsoft was facing while adding support for messages, “Apple does make it a tad harder for messages, but we’re very willing to work with Apple.” She went on to add that Microsoft’s vision is to bring iMessage support to Windows with its “Your Phone app”.
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Considering that a number of apps use workarounds to add support to messages on iOS, she added that Microsoft wants to add the support with proper permission from Apple for the respect for the iOS ecosystem. Microsoft has not approached Apple at the time of writing, but it is unlikely that Apple will be interested in bringing iMessage integration to Windows.