Microsoft to bring iMessage support to Windows

It looks like that Microsoft is looking forward to bring Apple's iMessage to Windows. Shilpa Ranganathan, general manager at Microsoft, told The Verge today that the Windows maker is “very willing to work with Apple” on adding Windows 10 functionality to iMessage.

Unfortunately, considering the Apple ecosystem, the things that iOS can mirror to Windows are limited. There will be notification support, and Windows users will be able to look at photos, but the app can’t mirror as much as it could from an Android phone.

Here’s what Shilpa said:
We will actually have photos on iOS and notifications as well. Apple does make it a tad harder for messages, but we’re very willing to work with Apple. 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. Messages is one where we’re not currently where we need to be compared to Android, but we need to work with Apple.
He underscored that Microsoft has not yet approached Apple for such a partnership. I’m not sure they should because the tight security layers in iOS, end-to-end encryption and Apple’s reliance on its own cryptographic coprocessors are causing the major problems for Microsoft.

According to Windows Central, the Your Phone app will use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to sync content between an iPhone or Android device and your computer. Your phone and computer won’t need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order for the app to function properly.

How likely is the Microsoft-Apple cooperation, do you think? If you were standing in Apple’s shoes, would you have interest in making iMessage available outside of your own ecosystem.


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