Microsoft has released Skype Preview 11.9, which brings the SMS Relay feature, after it previously hit Fast ring Insiders. Exactly a year ago, the company brought Windows 10 version 1511 with Skype built into the communication suite, and which included three new applications: Messaging, Phone, and Skype Video.
When the Anniversary Update was released, it was supposed to introduce a new feature called Messaging Everywhere, which should have synced sync SMS and Skype through Messaging app, but after it rolled out to Insiders, the feature was cancelled.
Now that Skype Preview version 11.9 is here, users are finally able to send SMS and Skype messages from the same application, but they need a Windows 10 Mobile device. Microsoft has announced that the feature will be also available for Android devices, as well.
If you own a Windows phone, you will launch Skype Preview, then head to Settings > Make Skype your default messaging app, while on a Windows PC, you will select “Enable Skype on this device to sync my SMS messages”.
Besides SMS Relay, the new Skype Preview 11.9 brings other changes and enhancements such as:
- Improved messaging – you will be able to share files and images up to 300MB, by dragging and dropping them in your chat. By righting click on the message and selecting “Quote Message”, you will know who and what he/she said in your chats and a shared URL will show an image preview instead of the entire link;
- Easier calling – You will make audio and video calls and you you’ll select your preferred camera, microphone or speaker from Skype settings, before making the call;
- Enhanced profiles – In the contact’s profile page, you have the possibility to start a call or conversation, you will add, remove or block contacts, unblock contacts or view initials of those who don’t have a profile picture;
- Additional Windows Mobile updates – The back button navigation has been improved and video calls will be made with loud speaker set by default.
If you want to download Skype Preview version 11.9, you will find it in the Windows Store.