Microsoft's Continuum for Windows Phone – the idea of running your phone as a mini-PC – is certainly one of the differentiating features of the Windows 10 Mobile OS. Indeed, it is not clear just how Apple or Google could respond to such technology.
Nadella gave a quick demonstration of the forthcoming feature. Perhaps the biggest news is the confirmation that Continuum can run just fine over Bluetooth connections. Users, however, can opt to choose the unannounced Continuum dock (codenamed 'Munchkin') to connect their phone physically as well. That dock is expected to retail for $99, and it should be announced in October at Microsoft's New York City press event.
Continuum and the long term plan fo emerging markets
Continuum is much like HoloLens in that we won't see the fruits of its labor for some time. While those in enterprise could certainly benefit from the technology, it is emerging markets where it will ultimately have the biggest impact. The reason? For many their smartphone is the first – and only – computing device. The question next is how to you make it more meaningful? One way is to make the phone more significant is through Continuum by letting them use any display to re-create a near full PC experience.
However, like all new technology, it starts in the upper price tiers, and it has to trickle down to more affordable phones. Hence the long term plan of Continuum. For now, it is limited to Microsoft's high-end phones, but in a just a few short years, their budget line will feature it as well.
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