Return SMS syncing/sending.
And make it work more reliably while you're at it.
Skype is of zero value to me without this. I only know one other person who uses Skype for other than SMS.
SMS via Skype is one of the areas we’re working on improving.
We’ve recently launched SMS Connect to Insiders which enables you to connect your Skype desktop client to your Android phone so that you can send and receive SMS from your phone on your Desktop.
Skype also has the ability to send SMS messages to contacts if you have Skype credits.
Please let us know if there’s additional functionality you’re looking for in this area. Otherwise, stay tuned for SMS Connect arriving in the Release builds soon.
Mike G commented
Is the SMS Connect initiative dead? It's been more than a year since any update here and at least seven months since any update or comment in the answers forum.
Mike G commented
"Skype also has the ability to send SMS messages to contacts if you have Skype credits." - Erin at Skype
Office 365 subscribers get 50 Skype credits (or minutes?) per month that are worthless to many of us because it can't be used to allow sending/receiving SMS messages. I've had Microsoft support try to get it working multiple times and they were as surprised as I am that it doesn't work. If Microsoft is never going to return to making SMS fallback available to all Skype users again (so we can use it as our default messing app), at least allow Office 365 subscribers to use their monthly Skype credits for SMS messaging (using their own existing phone number, not only for Skype numbers).
I would much prefer to use Skype rather than Google Android Messages for text messaging on my Android phone and Windows desktop, but Microsoft has left us fans with little choice.
Please bring back SMS sync and SMS relay for Windows 10 Mobile.
So Skype previously merged SMS contacts and Skype contacts as one person, including on Windows Phone.
Now your are going to "Bring SMS to the experience". You just REMOVED it for WinPhone users.
Really? Not only do you pander to Android because Android but you explicitly remove features for people who use your OS, even on their phone - because they are (or at least were) superior.
This is not a good way to proceed, Android may have won the war but its users are not yours to take, they use Android/Google and nothing you can do will change that.
You should and still could make the Win10 experience compelling, make sure there is a mobile option and ensure tablets and laptops have a reason to use touch.
If not, what was the point! Drop the touch, drop UWP, drop PWA.
If you only care about Desktop and Cloud, then stop pretending that touch matters.
And STOP removing useful features from my phone and laptop Skype.
Mikael Jakobsson commented
Would be awsome if the phone SMS was merg with the Skype contact if that also was there so man get both SMS and skype messages in one area.