The company has just taken the wraps off this new Continuum for Phones that can turn your Windows 10 handset into a full-fledged desktop PC that will allow smartphones to morph into personal computer when connected to larger displays. One of the major implementations that Microsoft is making with Windows 10 is to further unify its rather fragmented platform.
During the BUILD 2015 keynote, Microsoft by unveiling a new Windows 10 feature calling Continuum for Phones, which would be to bridge the gap between all devices running on its software. Microsoft is making it much easier for developer to make apps that automatically adjust to the environment they find themselves, and so when a smartphone when connected to an external display, does transform to portray a desktop layout and it’s be largely thanks to groundwork that has been put in behind the scenes.
Continuum nevertheless help ease the transition for users switching between tablet and PC modes, and with this even better example of what’s possible when developer go along with Microsoft’s Universal apps plan. Microsoft is however giving the developers the tools to create software that runs across PCs, tablets, convertibles, smartphones, and Xbox. Apps that can imminently adapt to the screen size they’re running on, and Continuum for Phones automatically shows up its unity.
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took the stage and demonstrated apps like Excel and Photos running in a traditional desktop view with the Windows 10 smartphone hooked up to a monitor. He also showed that content can also be copied from phone-centric apps like Messaging and pasted into desktop apps. Microsoft had made a point of ditching the “Windows Phone” moniker for good, marketing its next move as “Windows 10 for Phones,” and with such features, smartphones running Windows 10 will be taken much more seriously from a productivity aspect.
Belfiore was quick to note that the feature will require new devices capable of driving this dual-screen feature. Microsoft plans to share more on that soon. As well as being useful for the likes of Office, one would imagine that a smartphone’s list of uses as a makeshift computer could be endless, and like that, it’ll be very interesting to see where this goes.
Despite an impressive demo from Balifore, it should be noted that this feature won’t be available to every device. Smartphones compatible with Continuum for Phone indeed require to offer second-screen support (dual-screen), and in good time, we’ll definitely learn more of the specifics.
Call for imagination, dreaming about the next step that will be a smartphone that can project the desktop display into a wall or flat surface. Now wouldn’t that be incredibly cool? Let us know what you make of Continuum for Phones?