Just a couple of days after the much-anticipated SMS integration went live in the Windows 10 Your Phone app, Skype has just started testing a similar “SMS Connect” feature that will also be restricted to Android phones. Skype SMS Connect will also work with older versions of Windows as well as macOS, and the team says that it will also support the reception of MMS Messages, something that the Windows 10 Your Phone can't do as of this writing.
We're excited to gradually roll out SMS Connect to Skype Insiders on Android phones with build 126.96.36.199! 🙌 Simply pair your PC or Mac to your Android phone and start receiving your SMS conversations directly on your desktop! 😀Learn more here: https://t.co/8neMRvDvCS pic.twitter.com/DFpCPG37yN
— Skype Insider (@SkypeInsider) September 10, 2018
SMS Connect is still rolling out to users running the Skype Preview app version 188.8.131.52, and we’re not seeing yet on our test devices. Interestingly, the feature won’t require you to set up Skype as your default SMS app on Android: You’ll be able to continue using your existing SMS client while the Skype Android app will sync messages with your PC in the background.
To try Skype SMS Connect, make sure to download the Skype Preview app on your Android phone and your PC. If you're a Windows Insider, you can sign up for the Skype App Preview program via the Microsoft Store app, but all Windows users can also download a standalone version of Skype Preview from this link. Again, SMS Connect is gradually rolling out so you may not see it immediately in Settings.