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Microsoft Begins Rolling Out iMessage on Windows 11

The News: Following up on Microsoft’s announcement of iMessage on Windows 11, the feature will now begin rolling out in 39 languages and across 85 markets to all Windows 11 users, and should be available to all Windows 11 users by mid-May. Microsoft will now offer the Microsoft Phone Link app for iOS users who use Windows 11 on their desktop or laptop. Read more from MacWorld.

Microsoft Begins Rolling Out iMessage on Windows 11

Analyst Take: This is a significant development for those who use Apple and Microsoft products allowing them to send and receive messages on iMessage, check phone notifications, access their contacts, and receive phone calls through their Windows 11 desktop or laptop. In addition, the Microsoft Phone Link app also has an iCloud integration that allows users access to their iPhone pictures on their Windows system.

In a blog post about the release of the iPhone Link app on iOS, Microsoft said, “With the ability to now make this PC/iOS Phone connection, we hope our Windows 11 customers will never have to worry about missing an important phone call or text while focusing on their Windows PC.”

Microsoft has long offered the Phone Link app to Android users allowing them to connect their devices to their Windows 11 PC, but only now will iOS users be able to connect their devices to Windows 11 on their desktop or laptop. The iOS on Windows 11 feature is set to roll out in 39 languages and across 85 markets to Windows 11 users, and should be available to all Windows 11 users by mid-May. All you will need to get started is an iPhone with iOS or higher, a Windows 11 PC, the Windows Link iOS app, and the pre-installed Microsoft Phone Link app for Windows.

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iMessage is one of the most popular messaging apps on Apple devices, allowing users to send texts, photos, and videos to other iPhone, iPad, and Mac users without incurring any SMS fees. With the new integration, Windows 11 users will be able to use iMessage on their desktops and laptops, expanding the app’s reach beyond the Apple ecosystem. This move by Microsoft is a significant step towards bridging the gap between Apple and Microsoft users, and it shows Microsoft’s commitment to offering a seamless user experience across devices. It also highlights the increasing importance of cross-platform compatibility in a world where users often have multiple devices from different manufacturers.

It is expected that iMessage on Windows will include several new features to enhance the overall user experience. For instance, users will be able to access their iMessage conversations from any Windows device, making it easy to pick up where they left off. Additionally, the app is expected to include a new design and improved messaging capabilities, which will make messaging more fun and interactive.

While the integration of iMessage with Windows 11 is undoubtedly good news for users, it is unclear how much of the app’s functionality will be available on Windows. Apple has traditionally been protective of its ecosystem, and it remains to be seen how much access Microsoft will have to the app’s features.

Despite these uncertainties, the announcement is still a significant development for users of both Apple and Microsoft products, and it marks an important step towards a more connected and integrated digital world.

Wrapping up, this is exciting news for those who use Apple and Microsoft products allowing them to send and receive messages on iMessage, check phone notifications, access their contacts, and receive phone calls through their Windows 11 desktop or laptop. Being able to do this on your desktop or laptop eliminates the need to be checking your iPhone for texts, answering calls or sharing photos or videos.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Shelly Kramer is a Principal Analyst and Founding Partner at Futurum Research. A serial entrepreneur with a technology centric focus, she has worked alongside some of the world’s largest brands to embrace disruption and spur innovation, understand and address the realities of the connected customer, and help navigate the process of digital transformation. She brings 20 years' experience as a brand strategist to her work at Futurum, and has deep experience helping global companies with marketing challenges, GTM strategies, messaging development, and driving strategy and digital transformation for B2B brands across multiple verticals. Shelly's coverage areas include Collaboration/CX/SaaS, platforms, ESG, and Cybersecurity, as well as topics and trends related to the Future of Work, the transformation of the workplace and how people and technology are driving that transformation. A transplanted New Yorker, she has learned to love life in the Midwest, and has firsthand experience that some of the most innovative minds and most successful companies in the world also happen to live in “flyover country.”

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