With the launch of the Galaxy Note 10, Microsoft and Samsung announced a major partnership back in 2019. The partnership involved the companies working together to introduce better integration between Microsoft services and Samsung products.
One of the main integrations as part of the partnership was the new Link to Windows feature that allowed Samsung users to quickly connect their phone to a Windows 10 machine and use the Your Phone app. Over the recent months, Microsoft has been pushing a lot of new features on the app for Samsung devices, and it’s expanding that feature set with the launch of the new Galaxy S20 devices.
Microsoft is now adding support for Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging to the Your Phone app in Windows 10. Those who have any of Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 devices will be able to be using RCS messaging with the Samsung Messages app, allowing for features like real-time typing indicators, read receipts, etc.
Proud to announce that we have partnered with the Samsung Messages team to bring RCS messaging support to #yourphone app via #linktowindows. Starting with the #galaxys20series you will be able to send and receive RCS texts from PC if your default SMS app is Samsung Messages!
— Roberto Bojorquez [Microsoft] (@bojorchess) February 15, 2020
Unfortunately, support for RCS messaging on Your Phone is only limited to the Samsung Messages app and it won’t work with the Android Messages app. As a result, even if you have one of Samsung’s new S20 devices, you will have to be using the Samsung Messages app as the default SMS app on your phone to use RCS messaging via the Your Phone app.
And for those wondering, the feature is only limited to the Galaxy S20 line and won’t work with Samsung’s newest foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip — for now, anyway.