There are many ways to access text messages from a desktop, including solutions from Google and Microsoft. And you know Samsung: when many other companies do something, it just has to have its own proprietary solution as well. Now we get early signs of a Samsung Messaging app hanging out in the Microsoft Store, which describes itself as a way to send and receive texts from your phone in Windows.

Before you get too excited, the app still looks like it’s very tested at the moment – it only appears in a few regions, and you can ‘t download it without a code anyway. Although you could, the description says that the compatibility is limited to “devices that can use mobile data (5G and 4G LTE)”, and that it is only available for Samsung-branded Windows hardware: Galaxy Book and Galaxy TabPro series.

The description of the application indicates that it uses a partner app on the phone, which makes sense, and probably only handsets from Samsung will be invited to the party. We hope that when the app is ready for wide release, the restrictions for Windows hardware from Samsung will be lifted, and anyone with a recent Samsung phone and a Windows PC can check it out.

In the meantime, there are many ways to get the same functionality now: Google’s messaging for the web, Microsoft Your Phone, and desktop clients for all the popular chat services. In fact, it seems a little confusing that Samsung would build a custom solution for this – but it’s Samsung for you.