Microsoft wants to bring iMessage support to Windows, but would Apple allow it?
Microsoft recently unveiled the new "Your Phone" app
which is meant to make iOS and Android devices work better with Windows 10 PCs. While "Your Phone" app is able to bring photos, text messages and notifications directly from the iPhone to Windows PC, there is one critical feature missing which is iMessage support.
In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft's Shilpa Ranganathan revealed that iMessage is one of the several things that are harder to integrate with "Your Phone app".
“We will actually have photos on iOS and notifications as well,” explains Shilpa Ranganathan. “Apple does make it a tad harder for messages, but we’re very willing to work with Apple.” A number of third-party apps use workarounds to support messages, but Microsoft’s vision is essentially to bring iMessage to Windows inside its Your Phone app. “I want to do this in a supported way with a respect for the ecosystem we’re building on and at the same time make it a delightful experience,” says Ranganathan. “Messages is one where we’re not currently where we need to be compared to Android, but we need to work with Apple.”
Having said that, Microsoft has not approached Apple to see if the latter is willing to work on this. Considering that Apple would rather have consumers buy Macs with native support for iMessage, it is unlikely that Apple will agree to support iMessage on "Your Phone app" for Windows 10.