Something we never thought we’d see happen actually happened. In its latest update to the Phone Link app for Windows, the tech giant is bringing support to Apple iPhone — most notably, iMessage for Windows 11.
according to Microsoft’s official blog And report it the edgePhone Link works by mirroring your phone to your computer for notifications, phone calls, and messages. With this update, iPhone users can now connect their device to a Windows laptop or computer, send messages via iMessage, make and receive calls, and receive notifications through Windows 11.
In an interview with The Verge, Youssef Mahdi, Head of Consumer Marketing at Microsoft, explains how it works. “We send messages back and forth over Bluetooth, and I think Apple, in turn, sends those messages as iMessages once it gets into their system.”
As impressive as this sounds, there are some setbacks involved.
Users will not be able to see the entire message history, only messages sent or received through a phone link. You also won’t see any blue or green chat bubbles since the system can’t distinguish between a regular text message and an iMessage. However, this is a surprisingly big step in the right direction, one that could unlock even more features and support in the future like photo merging.
If you’re interested in testing this feature, Microsoft will begin beta testing with a small percentage of Windows Insiders found in the Dev, Beta, and Release Preview channels. According to Official blog post.
This new update also comes with several other features such as AI Bing and searches powered by chat on the taskbar, screen recording feature, better touch improvements, and more.