Microsoft today announced that it has completed the rollout of iPhone support for its Phone Link app on Windows 11, as previously spotted. the edge.

Windows 11 Phone Link iMessage
With the Phone Link app for Windows 11 and the Link to Windows app for iOS, iPhone users can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and view notifications right on their PC. Notably, this means that Windows 11 technically supports iMessage, though it has several limitations, including no support for group chats, photos, videos, and conversation history beyond the current chat session.

All messages appear as gray bubbles in the Phone Link app, meaning iMessages can’t be distinguished from SMS on a PC. In addition, messages are delivered to a computer only while the iPhone is connected via Bluetooth. Microsoft says the iPhone must be running iOS 14 or later, and this feature is not available for iPad or Mac.

Overall, this is a somewhat tricky workaround for Apple’s lack of true iMessage support on Windows, but it’s better than nothing for iPhone users with a PC.

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