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Microsoft wants to work with Apple to bring iMessage support to Windows 10

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Microsoft appears to be going all-in on its ambition to make Windows 10 work with a huge variety of devices, even ones made by rivals, and it has even announced that it would be willing to work with Apple to bring iMessage support to its operating system.

At its Build 2018 developer conference, Microsoft showed off its improved Your Phone app, which will let you read and compose text messages sent to your smartphone from within Windows 10, so you don’t even have to take your phone out of your pocket.

It’s a promising feature, but in an interview with The Verge (opens in new tab), Shilpa Ranganathan from Microsoft admits that there have been issues getting the app to work on iOS devices, compared to Android phones, stating that: “Apple does make it a tad harder for messages, but we’re very willing to work with Apple.”

Getting the iMessage

Because of the way Apple’s iMessages work, Microsoft would need to work with the company to officially support iPhones in the same way that they are able to do so with Android devices. However, Apple is well known for keeping its ecosystem closed, as it would prefer that people bought a Mac to go with their iPhone, rather than a Windows PC.

Microsoft has yet to approach Apple about it, but we’d love to see these old rivals work together more to bring better experiences to all their customers, no matter what hardware they use. 

As Ranganathan explains, Microsoft’s wish is to bring a fully-featured experience for Windows users, no matter if they have an Android or iOS device. “I want to do this in a supported way with a respect for the ecosystem we’re building on and at the same time make it a delightful experience", Ranganathan says, "Messages is one where we’re not currently where we need to be compared to Android, but we need to work with Apple.”

Let’s hope this olive branch is accepted.

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Matt Hanson
Matt Hanson


Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.