Chime in: Is Windows Continuum another Microsoft failure?

Windows Continuum is an idea from Microsoft that gives users multiple experiences on one device. On Windows phone, it allows you to plug your device into an external monitor and have a desktop-like experience powered by your phone. On a 2-in-1, it gives you the option between a tablet experience or a desktop experience.

But we can't help but wonder if Microsoft failed in its Continuum efforts. Windows phone is now dead, and tablet mode on Windows 10 hasn't seen any real updates since the Anniversary Update and is terrible compared to the tablet experience found on Windows 8.1.

There is a related discussion going on in our forums right now.

When Microsoft introduced Continuum with Windows 10 Mobile in 2015, they would have expected it to disrupt the mobile hardware business in the same way as iPhones did in 2007. But it happened to be nothing more than a ripple that faded away in few months. So, was it really a useless feature or was it a case of poor execution? This is what I will try to explain here. Microsoft marketed...


Perhaps with CShell, we'll see Microsoft revisit its Continuum efforts. CShell is a new Windows Shell in the works that can scale on the fly to any screen size, giving the user different experiences and functions. CShell will bring improvements to Continuum, which is exciting.

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Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter and Threads