Here's a look at what's coming to Windows 10 Mobile with the 'Redstone 2' update

Microsoft has offered a glimpse at what the Windows 10 Mobile team plans to add for '"Redstone 2", which will be the next major feature update for the OS.

Microsoft revealed those details during a panel today at its Ignite IT conference in Atlanta. According to Neowin, Redstone 2 will see a number of improvements for Windows 10 Mobile's Continuum feature, which allows a smartphone with the OS to operate like a PC when connected to a large monitor, mouse and keyboard.

Perhaps the most important feature coming to Continuum is that it will provide a more PC-like experience. Finally, you'll be able to put apps in resizable windows, and they can be snapped as well. Currently, the experience is more similar to tablet mode on PCs, with only full screen apps. Another thing that will create a more PC-like experience is the ability to pin apps to the taskbar.

The Start menu in Continuum mode will also be able to be independently customized with the Redstone 2 update. In addition, there will be a feature called Proximity Connect that will allow a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone to automatically connect to a Continuum-based dock wirelessly when within a certain range.

Microsoft also plans to offer more control over Windows 10 Mobile's Wi-Fi Direct feature, along with a way to reset a PIN remotely. Neowin also asked about future support for ARM64 processors and was told that while the OS runs on 32-bit mode on 64-bit devices, this issue is "an important gap that we're very aware of."

Windows 10 Mobile won't officially get the Redstone 2 update until sometime in the spring of 2017. However, members of the Windows Insider program should be able to try out these new features in the near future.

John Callaham