The latest report suggests that the Microsoft team is very much willing to work the Apple on bringing the iMessage feature to its Windows platforms for the users.
“There’s a ton we can do on Android, there’s plenty we can do on Apple that we haven’t done yet so let’s go get to the edge and as far as we can and I think we’ll be in a better place,” Belfiore added
In an exclusive interview with The Verge, Shilpa Ranganathan, general manager at Microsoft told that they wish to make Windows more compatible with non-Windows mobile platforms, such as iOS and Android.
Shilpa said in the interview, “We will actually have photos on iOS and notifications as well”. She added that “Apple does make it a tad harder for messages, but we’re very willing to work with Apple.” However, she confirmed and admitted in the interview that Microsoft has not yet approached Apple for such a partnership.
Joe Belfiore, the company’s corporate vice president, in the interview mentioned “There’s a ton we can do on Android, there’s plenty we can do on Apple that we haven’t done yet so let’s go get to the edge and as far as we can and I think we’ll be in a better place.”
However, we are pretty skeptical about the alleged partnership. The main reason being the tight security layers in iOS, end-to-end encryption and Apple’s reliance on its own cryptographic coprocessors. To add to the problem, iMessage supports third-party apps, games, stickers, mobile payments and a bunch of interactive features that would all need to be ported over to Windows and creating an identical user experience is a pretty difficult task.
Joe Belfiore and Shilpa Ranganathan spoke to the site at the Build conference in Seattle. The interview also ended up with Microsoft introducing their forthcoming Your Phone app, which will supposedly mirror Android and iOS interfaces on Windows PC.