As Microsoft continues to evolve the Your Phone experience on Windows 10, it is always picking up new features like support for phone calls, showing more of your photos, and even support for pen input. In the latest of these efforts, together in partnership with Samsung, Microsoft is now coming on board with RCS messaging and adding support for it in the Windows 10 Your Phone app with Samsung Galaxy S20 phones.
Proud to announce that we have partnered with the Samsung Messages team to bring RCS messaging support to #yourphone app via #linktowindows. Starting with the #galaxys20series you will be able to send and receive RCS texts from PC if your default SMS app is Samsung Messages!
— 🔲 Roberto Bojorquez 📋🖋️ 🇲🇽 (@bojorchess) February 15, 2020
For those unfamiliar, RCS messaging is short for Rich Communications Services. It is a set of communication standards for messaging and is essentially the Android answer to iMessage. It helps make test messages and MMS look a bit more like messages sent on dedicated messaging apps.
The announcement of this support was recently made on Twitter by Roberto Bojorquez, a program manager at Microsoft. Unfortunately, though, as of right now RCS support is only rolling out starting with the Galaxy S20 series phones. This means that the feature might come to more phones in the feature, but as of right now, it is exclusive to Samsung’s latest phone. That’s not surprising, that other Your Phone experiences like phone screen are now exclusive to Samsung phones.