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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.

188 Comments
  • As usual Microsoft surprised us . Superb. Thanks MS .
  • Continuum is cool...but I want to hear more about the mobile side of things. You know, a mobile phone being used as a phone. Continuum does look great for business only at the moment.
  • Only continnum cannot diversify mobile usage. You need more features to diversify the mobile usage and actually for what mobile phone is meant for.
  • My "mobile" part of my phone works pretty good... I'll take multiple windows in continuum and be happy about it... Just not AS happy as I'd be if they somehow managed to make X86 apps run on it... Hey we can dream right?
  • Just one question, how many hours can you afford to sit on a chair?
  • Huh? I get paid to sit in a chair most of the time... So... A lot?
  • I laughed so hard :D :D
  • Exactly, max 8 hours, What about rest 8 hours if 8 hours of sleep has been taken out. Utility of continuum only sums up the 50% of the enterprise utility which HP is trying to target through workspace. Diversify the mobile usage with more feature including continuum not just continuum.
  • Most of us site to get paid, so for most people, especially enterprise , as what MS is focusing on, job is to sit down in front of monitor.
  • I use it at work now for Internet browsing on another screen and the occasional Windows Central / YT stream during my lunch break. I also use it at home sometimes via miracast to my TV. This is where it really shines. I'm VERY excited for this update.
  • HP managed to do it in the x3, through virtualization. It's not actually running in the phone but better than nothing
  • Yeah but because the service is not free and universal (instead of just for enterprise customers) it is difficult for me to imagine it having much of a use case. Had to be the perfect storm of large enough scale employer to be capable of justifying the resources, employer with need of a specific function not available on a smartphone already (any platform) and needing a function not more easily duplicated with a custom mobile app than by maintaining subscription with HP, etc... Not to mention that such Solutions tend to be clunky... Have used remote desktop on my phone and it works in a pinch but not enough to justify not carrying a laptop.
  • What do you want it to do, other than bug fixes? Because "missing" apps aren't really an OS issue now, anybody can build an app for W10M after all. Are there core features you feel are missing or do you just want bug fixes for things? After all, it makes calls and sends sms messages perfectly fine out of the box in my experience.
  • Yea, there are core features missing. That does of course depend on what the individual thinks are core of course. Here's one. Settings profiles. Let me group a bunch of settings under a name and initiate that set based on place, time, other conditions or just manually. For example, Turn off WiFi, BT On, Screen max, Alerts max, and call it Outside. Maybe sounds off, screen half bright, radios on, and call it Meeting.  Meeting could be automatically triggered when my calendar shows I'm in a meeting. Outside when I set it myself. Could be one for Nighttime, set by time, or Car, set be cnnection to BT or speed as noted by GPS. Any should be initiatable by Cortana.
  • That's a CORE feature? That sounds like it'd be an outlier if any phone had exactly that. There are similar apps that do that but I've never seen that level of control on a phone. My WiFi did that in 8.1 though.
  • Try every single old school nokia (and i mean even the 3310, they had profiles, you could config, ringtone, vibration, wallpaper, etc...
  • But instead of making profiles and losing time to set those settings for each profile, isn't it easier to just turning them on or off every time you need it? You have 15 toggles in action center and volume rocker for the sound
  • symbian had profiles, where you could configure the sound level for ringing, the touchvibration of the phone, to which contacts the phone should ring. you could activate a profile with a time when to get back to the previous profile. the integration of the calendar, gps and connectivity settings would make profiles perfect
  • I remember these. I wouldn't say they are a glaring omission from the Core OS though. Not every OS should be identical but this isn't like it's something that every other OS does but W10M doesn't.
  • Yes please!
  • Something from old school which we need in our modern nokia lumias.It is damn useful &cortana+calendar integration perfect
  • Profiles would be awesome, even if i can trigger them with nfc, i.e. Tap into my desk at work, tap into my couch etc. smartglass is power hungry and i only need it on standby when I'm at the couch.
  • While I don't think that all of these use-cases are absolutely essential to the core, I do wish they would bring back the ability to turn on quiet hours on a busy calendar event, which could also be extended to many of the other features you mentioned.
  • How about something basic like attach doc to contact?  Like a business card or resturant manual?  Fix the forever bug like alarm, sms msg disappear, battery drain and camera AF hunting? 
  • Ooo please Feed back it
  • Dan said before that the MS bosses were not happy with W10M, and given the level of satisfaction, people expected more features. Bit I guess the Surface phone specific features are not yet made public. Though a Wallet app that works everywhere would be nice at least, if not a banking app similar to Outlook mail, where you could add your bank and get decent mobile banking, with banks doing less work along MS so the clients just have a banking app
  • So did my first nokia 6310, ten years ago. Do you find it enough?
  • More apps are coming each day for UWP. Remember these sites only mention the large apps or companies. A lot of indies and smaller companies are coming each day.
  • I would like to have Cortana in Hebrew... That's an os issue...
  • Agreed. The big thing I'm waiting for is Windows Ink on mobile. Maybe even including Ink-based gestures and other ideas to shake up input.
  • ^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^  Been waithing for this since Pocket PC, which had a stylus and OneNote for pete's sake, in 2000. Why OneNote on Windows Mobile doesn't support inking to this day is unbelievable. The rest of Office Mobile does.
  • I remember having handwriting recognition pocket pc and winmo classic. Seems like the change to wp set them back years in many ways.
  • Seems like a no brainer!
  • I agree. I think continuum has potential and they need to develop that potential, but I was hoping to hear about improvements to the mobile side of the OS that will impact me.
  • Remember that other features will be coming. Ignite is for the enterprise and a IT conference. All that been so far been announced so far is enterprise features. There will be a lot more features for the consumers to.
  • This is where people get this all wrong anymore. Things have changed so drastically over the last few years that we have arrived, finally, where we do not carry cell phones.
    People need to wake up to this realization, we need to take this as far as Verizon, Sprint, ATT, et al, are no longer the providers of hardware and are merely ISP's for Telecom type services, including internet, yes. However, they should have little to do with the say so of what OS updates, Firmware or software updates get released, regardless of age of the device or anything else for that matter. If OS maker releases Firmware or OS update, They should not be allowed to NOT release it, period. We now carry hand held computers that happen to be able to make phone calls. That's it. This is not like the old days where you buy a phone calling plan
    For the most part you are buying a Telecom plan that includes internet, and for the most part, we all use our Hand Helds as Internet devices more than making phone calls. The only way around that as of now is to buy the device outright and unlocked at a premium. If we could get away from subsides on the hardware, it would become much cheaper and we would get out from under the foot hold of the Service Provider having too much power on the device itself. This is like buying your laptop/desktop/tablet from your Home Internet Service Provider and them controlling all the updates to hardware, OS, firmware and whatnot. If you want a mobile phone, go back to the flip phones.
  • I'm sure it would be the usual right now faster edge maybe landscape,custom size tiles
  • On the contrary, this is the minimum they need to do to make Continuum usable. It would be a surprise had they not planned this for RS2, actually.  I'm a fan, but Microsoft has done a terrible job communicating around Windows Mobile. If they want anyone to even remotely consider a Windows-powered smartphone in any forseeable timeframe, they need to be much more forthcoming about their commitment to the platform and plans for its future.
  • I do agree. I also think it's GREAT they are going cross platform with so many features - Windows 10 PC users ARE their customers, and they need to service those customers on whatever other devices they want to use. However, at Ignite they could have demo'd more (not everything) on Windows devices and said "This will also work in the same way on my Android device" - Some things are specific to Android or iOS so it obviously needs to be shown on there. I think I saw some Cortana stuff demo'd on an Android device and there should really have been a mention of how it also works exactly the same on a Windows mobile device etc.
  • Unless we're their target market, then it's feasible that we would not have heard from them - communicating / soft selling things that are intended for a tight target audience to the masses would be overkill and an ineffecient use of their resources.  I'd prefer excess budget to be spent on product developments instead.
  • Amir, not sure your being serious or sarcastic.
  • But my PC has more apps available than my phone. So why would I want my phone to be my pc?
  • Because it has more apps?
    Edit: Or maybe you mean that those (PC) apps don't run in your phone? That would be step 2.
  • I have excellent use for it at work. On projector as well as the second screen on desk. At home, I have a Display Dock connected in my living room. I connect the phone, grab my wireless Logitech Keyboard and mouse, sit on my couch and browse away. I do have an Xbox One, but I prefer using continuum because I can also open emails and attachments (Excel, PDF, etc.), show my Camera Roll to Wife, or run movie right from my phone (except Netflix, which doesn't run through Continuum due to DRM stuff) Some may not have any use for it, but I have plenty use for it every day.
  • I, for one, am not willing to drag my desktop everywhere =)
  • Wait, how did they surprise us? These are obvious, incremental improvements. More importantly, how is surprising us "usual," unless you mean surprisingly disappointed? They've botched things left and right for the past few years, especially when it comes to hardware quality and getting their stuff planned coherently.
  • Finally.
  • Home
  • Let's see more features than just Continuum enhancements coming to W10M RS2.
  • Continuum is something that has only had mild attention so far, when it probably should have had a bit more. They made some nice tweaks to it in RS1/Anniversary but looks like they are starting to get serious about it. For most, it's not replacing your laptop ANY time soon. But there's many applications where it will work and it's an area Android and iOS could potentially be working on catching up on.
  • google is already working on it, as well some kinda chromecast/android hybrid for laptops. it sucks because people will follow them.
  • I never really feel like people follow Google so much as they follow Samsung - Not your average joe at least.
  • true. I don't know, lets see what'll happen. hope MS make a big move soon, and I'm not talking about surface phone, because even if that phone is a beast people will still ***** about lack of apps, ugh
  • Samsung is to Google as Nokia was to Microsoft.
  • Bit with better success. And let's stop kid ourselves, Samsung has done some amazing work on their phones
  • Actually... With the coming mentioned updates bringing the ability to snap multiple apps and resize them, it seems to me that suddenly 80% of people that only use their pc's/laptop for web browsing and word/excell/PowerPoint now have a great option that will replace both their phones and pc's and laptops(when using something like a lapdock)
  • I use Continuum daily at work and at home when I would like to or when Continuum makes things easier. Our computers at work run Windows 7 with a dual monitor setup. I have a 3rd monitor that is dedicated to Continuum for phones that I use for a desktop Continuum powered Windows 10 environment, testing UWPs and more. This 3rd monitor is connected to a Microsoft Display dock and a Lumia 950XL via Display Port. Connected to the dock are a HP keyboard and mouse with the 3rd USB port being used for an Ethernet adapter or sometimes a USB hub that connects an Ethernet adapter, USB flash drive and Xbox 360 controller. There is something awesome about using my phone as a desktop while being connected to apps, messaging and things that are important and comparing it real time to a Windows 7 desktop and the lack of things that we take for granted now like apps, messaging, Notification Center, Live Tiles and more and being able to use my phone at the same time. The Windows 10 environment via Continuum, provides a much more modern experience and is becoming more advanced as development continues and is truly amazing in the context of what is actually happening, a phone, powering an external screen, and it's own phone environment and many USB devices with everything being usable at the same time. It is truly a programming feat! Continuum for phones is so unique and fantastic and is going to get better as time goes on. Even though we currently issue iPhones with a few Android devices and I have all 3 OSes, only Windows 10 Mobile and Continuum, with OS updates and new UWP apps from Citrix, will provide a viable single device ecosystem, powered by Windows 10. The Windows 10 experience is truly special in positive ways and Microsoft is building an ecosystem with scope that far outpaces what is currently possible with iOS and Android. I am typing all of this with my aforementioned 3 monitor setup while my iOS and Android devices simply sit by as simple smartphones and Windows 10 Mobile devices champion a new era of possibilities, if we keep an open mind, that are not bound by "the way it has always been done" in respect to what we classify as a smartphone experience.
  • Native Class 2 audio will help I think with adoption of continuum.
  • More enhancements to Continuum = more enhancements to UWP = more enhancements to mobile.  You should be glad.
  • I will be glad once W10M have a camera app that doesn´t bug left and right.  And maybe a better battery management too.  The OS right now looks like a beta still!
  • What phone do you have I got a Lumia 950 and the os looks and acts great camera app and battery are awesome. Im not saying your lying but maybe its your phone or the way you set up your phone just wondering
  • Also more functional continuum = more enterprises replacing some laptops/PCs with W10M = more users = more UWP developers = more apps.
  • Elite x3 yesterday improved enough to be ready for use in enterprise
  • Been waiting for app snapping in Continuum :-D Can't wait to see some big improvements. RS1 made some nice tweaks already
  • You can tell they are listening to the ideas/feedback. I as well as many others have been asking for app snapping and separate customisation of the start menu when connected to a display
  • I know I should have went to ignite while here in Atl that is awesome!
  • Will there be apps snapping in phone mode...? aka split screen. A man can hope
  • The fact it will be in Continuum means the feature must be there in the OS in general, so we can hope. This seems to work well for Android users.
  • "Android users" The only android users i have seen having and using this feature even at android 6 is samsung users so i cant say its an android feature :/
  • I think Samsung put it into their layer that ran on top a while back didn't it? Sometime after Windows 8 came out, but now AFAIK it's a part of the core OS - Don't quote me on it though as I don't follow Android closely
  • It is in the recent Android 7.
  • Samsung had it working in some of their tablets, like an older Note 10.1 I have. Very few apps supported it though (without root) and you can't really multitask because the app enters suspended mode when you focus the other window. Actually, I fear Continuum may suffer the same because of the ARM processors, but I may be wrong
  • It would help on 5"+ devices.
  • Yeah, if they can make continuum basically work like my old RT tablet, that would be pretty sweet. I dont know if it will make a difference in the market, but I would like it :)
  • It makes Windows 10 Mobile a much better OS for a tablet device too. Right now, W10M with app snapping is in many ways more appealing than Windows 10 PC SKU in Tablet mode....For a purely tablet device at least, where you won't be planning to run traditional desktop software.
  • Can't even get slow ring updates at the moment. Weird.
  • 64-bit FTW!
  • Bring on the > 6 GB phones! I would imagine it would work wonders for the continuum feature.
  • Eventually the OS is going to get too complex for my lowly Lumia 640 to run. I
  • Well, it won't really. The feature set scales based on handset capability. So you can't do things like Continuum anyway. The base OS isn't going to deviate massively anytime soon, but obviously you will need newer handsets to try out all the features.
  • Nah. The 640 was overpowered for WP8.1.2. W10M RS1 has just started exploiting the hardware.
  • Such is the case with technology.
  • The 640 (Cricket) is an exceptionally good phone for the price ($30). I bought one just as a backup for my 950.  It runs Windows 10 Mobile without any problems.  I was surprised that the HD screen projects Microsoft Word and Edge to my TV at a very readable 720 resolution and using a Bluetooth keyboard with a trackpad makes it a very capable and inexpensive word processor.
  • Goodie, let's make a phone that is more like a PC. How about a phone that has some real phone features like swipe to delay email, mirroring for cars like Android Auto and some apps that people want ?
  • What is swipe to delay email? Is that an Android thing? Not heard of it before but intrigued what it could actually be
  • agreed, Android and iOS are simple yet very well roking solutions for random people. W10P is getting complicated without proper app support. Who will buy this? Except fans of course... even coorporation dont need this. They can use an iPhone with better Microsoft support than on W10P
  • Seeing your picture makes me feel like you are angry at anyone reading your comments. ;-)
  • What is W10P anyway? :D The thing is called Windows 10 Mobile, bro :D :P
  • Call it whatever you want, we know what he meant.
  • What's a "roking"?
  • The lack of MirrorLink you mention is the biggest one. Seems like Microsoft should care about this since it is a Continuum like feature. But no... they don't care about people who drive.
  • Bots will do everything Soon.
  • Not everything is in Continuum! More features, expand the capabilities of existing apps, lock screen can have and needs more additions, more customizations to make UI more beautiful etc.
  • The Lock Screen app Microsoft have on Android has some nice looking features and layout which I've been thinking they will eventually bring to W10M
  • True, I also noticed that some features are missing for integrated Lumia features. E.g. My 830 was able to have glance turn off after 30s when plugged in before an updated integrated the feature into W10m. Now glance stays on all the time when the phone is plugged in. The other option is to turn off glance completely. The glance text also does not moved around like it used to in 8.1. I wonder if this will wreck the screen in the long run when plugged in over night... I am happy that MS is integrating glance as part of the OS though.
  • It's funny that I use my phone as a phone, not a pc ... And yet I can not post a video on my instagram. 2 out of 3 times, the app crashes !! Many many other problems too !
  • That's instagram's problem... not Microsoft's.  The fact that other apps can upload videos fine and no app crashes, means it's Instagram's problem.  That's what happens when they use their own porting tool's instead of using Islandwood or native solution.
  • Have the same problem with Telegram messanger, viber, ... even when I get skype messages, sometimes messaging crashes too.   The thing is, it's like no one can write a good program for win10mobile. These are basic things that a regular android phone can do easily. I'm just saying, this doesn't worth the time waiting.   I don't know if you had winphone before but I had it since winphone 8. There was going to be lots of new features with winphone 8.1 like "live lockscreen", "otg", ... even I can't remeber them right now. Same story with win 10 mobile. But now I can't even check my viber messages! App crashes most of the time. The saddest part is that we have no exclusive feature right now! the Microsoft apps are way better on android
  • We have 1 exclusive feature, its called app-gap
  • I dont have any of these problems. What phone are you using?
  • 640 xl   factory reset didn't help btw
  • The Microsoft apps are not better on android. That's a myth.
  • This is definitely a myth, people just assume they are better there when somebody says it though without ACTUALLY trying it out
  • Skype works way better on a galaxy tab 3 than my phone. Same is true with "mail".
  • For all the things you said nothing happens on my lumia 535 :3 . Viber Windows 10 works greater than the W8 and many apps i have tried build for windows 10 do great job and even W8 apps do a great job!!!
  • Write an app on any platform and if you don't handle an exception the app is going to crash. 99% of these kind of issues are down to the application and the devs who wrote it.
  • The thing is MS policy has led to a drop in market share from 7 to under 1% ... In this situation no one really puts an effort on the programs and developing the apps.   I am just a user, not a developer, trying to use my phone and have the right to expect it to work properly!
  • I upvoted you even though I'm not having all those issues. I honestly believe it's the OS not the apps causing crashes and things. In some cases both app and OS. I do recall this promised features that we're suddenly abandoned though. I say that I think it is the OS being in the Insider program on the Fast Ring. There have been a few builds where websites and apps miraculously stopped having issues or crashing right after the build update and no app update. This isn't a blanket statement though. I'm sure you have to look at each and every one on an individual basis.
  • This is part of the problem WP has. There is an app gap, but it is almost as bad when the existing apps work poorly or don't get updates. I recently moved my Lumia Icon to a secondary line and got a Note 7 for my main phone. I am getting Android app updates almost daily. Some of the updates are bug fixes but many are enhancements. I had apps on my WP that probably never had any updates after they were released. even when they had glaring defects.While I miss things about my Windows Phone, lack of important apps (like my bank for example) is not one of them.
  • Exactly ...   One of the biggest problem is that almost no bank supports Win 10 mobile (in my country)
  • If the windowed experience of continuum is just on pare with the current (full screen) experience, in terms of speed, it would be awesome.
  • Well good thing the release this now before Google will tell everyone next week that they have a continuum like feature that can be used with all of their recent Miracast/Chromecast devices and phones with upcoming interrations of Android 
  • And if we could run continuum with the phone's screen off it would be even better.
  • Looks like that will also be included
  • HP Elite X3 has a separate app just for this...until it becomes a built in feature
  • Yeah it's brilliant. I think it will be developed into a fully fledged glance screen
  • Does anyone have any real world experience on performance comparison in continum between the 950 and 950 XL? Is it noticeable?
  • I think when Daniel reviewed the 950XL, he said the XL is a bit faster in Continuum due to the 810 chip.
  • It's a bit quicker but the overall experience is very similar and affected more by the apps themselves. Office Mobile runs very lean and has great performance, but their team builds their apps at a low level and really scrutinise the performance more than others, because that's what they've always tried to do.
  • I remember when it seemed the Microsoft did that with Windows Phone in general. Remember how fast it was?
  • What about the continue app experience. What's going on with this feature
  • To be honest I'd be happy for a Wunderlist live tile that displays more than 3 white lines :/
  • Yep
  • so basicly only contunuum is improved? kinda sucks for 99.999% phones that are unable to run it.
  • Do you honestly think that's the only thing in this major update? It's just one of the highlights on one small paragraph.
  • I kinda do. RS1 had very little actual improvement, was pretty disappointing honestly. Looks like RS2 is shaping up to continue the trend.
  • The latest update to the 950 made the experience much better. Cortana, lock screen, stability all improved. Not really sure what your complaints are?
  • Omg, what kind of fanboy page this has become... The rs1 brought practicly nothing. Now i don't know how telling the truth deserves downvotes. The funny thing is you all make fun of iSheeps for doing the exact same thing.
  • The big question is will any of this be a game changer and will anyone buy it. Also, will there be any compelling hardware to motivate people to buy. Enterprise customers are still consumers when they go home and I don't know of anyone who likes carrying around a person and work phone.
  • This is awesome, nothing to add here
  • Oh, no one has said it yet......'dead OS' :-o ;-) Not by a long chalk!! Another thing, why is all the comparison to iOS and Droid so important. W10M isn't either of them... But I suppose it gives the regular doom mongers their feeling of superiority and vastly greater intelligence... Running on RS2 insider and liking where it's going. I don't care that it isn't the other two, been there, done that. I've got 15 devices in my business and they just work. I'm not a stereotypical 'fan boy', if I were, I'd be rocking an x3, but they are too damned expensive. I just like my sh*t to work. Roll on RS2
  • Well said.
  • look all I want is something I can use the OS to its fullest at a reasonably price. At the current moment, since that aint possible, it is indeed dead. Even if they can make ROMs possible for android phones, that would be pretty darn good.
  • I just want to see my DT903 in Gadgets.
  • I am looking for the following updates:
    1. Ability to turn the phone screen completely off while using continuum,
    2. Ability (or by default) completely remove/hide the status bar in continuum mode.
    3. Full feature parity to the start menu and taskbar (including the settings to change their appearance0 with the on in PC.
    4. Ability to use the phone in car through Android Auto/Apple Carplay like feature (possibly through MirrorLink, Microsoft is supporter of the forum that developed MirrorLink but has no products supporting it).
  • But they are missing the most important Continuum like feature. MirrorLink. Let us use our phones in the car! It's by far the #1 problem with Windows 10 Mobile.
  • While I agree that Continuum MUST be developed since the Surface and other 2 in 1s have proven that people do like to consolidate hardware and ONLY Microsoft can do this due to the PC, I also believe that alone will not work. The Surface worked because it was a great PC AND a great tablet, but if Windows mobile does not make a great PC AND great PHONE, then this whole thing will not succeed. The phone needs to be the priority here IMO
  • Nice, but how about flooding the market with OEMs offering stunning devices running this? If there is no route to get this to the end user then why bother?
  • Now thats great features that Continuum needed. Now if they bring side by side apps for Continuum and Mobile with these extra features it will be more and more a pc like experiance !!!!!!!
  • You know It's time for that 64-bit OS.. So phones can use larger RAMs.. It's essential for the Continuum feature.
  • Interestingly Nadella killed Azure RemoteApp platform couple of weeks ago. One step forward, 5 steps back.
    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/remoteapp/
  • That just boggled my mind. Had a chance to try it with my 950XL and Azure remote app demo. They had Visio set up, so I just had the phone logged into an Azure account and brought up Visio on a big monitor as if I was on a PC. I can do the same remoting into an Azure desktop that has Visio installed, but this was more like just needing Visio and having it readily available. It is essentially what HP is marketing for their X3 to businesses. Seems like this would be a natural service offering for MS to have to go along with Win 10 Mobile, or even a part of O365 (business) options.
  • Interestingly it will be replaced by a similar product, when eventually phased out in August 2017.
    So one step forward, and another step forward.
  • Interestingly its not HP product. Interestingly its also product which main customers are on IOS.
  • Interestingly you keep trying and yet you keep failing to make any relevant point.
  • Interestingly that's not even English... What are you trying to say.... if you are going to troll at least make sense...
  • Interestingly lol
  • zzzzz  When will it support my Gear S2 watch?  When will it have my bank app?  When will it have updates like Google now has?   zzz
  • What you really want is a Note 7.
  • No.  I look at other phones besides iphones and galaxies, unlike 98% of the rest of people.  I have a 6P
  • Sounds good! Just need to add the ability to open up multiple instances of a program, and that's about 99% of what I need right there. I'm looking forward to being able to go mobile-only at some point - no more fixed broadband bill!
  • Good, small steps, get it right and add the features to make it the same experience.
  • "Currently, the experience is more similar to tablet mode on PCs​". The problem is, it's not. Tablet mode allows at least two apps snapped, and multiple readily managed. Currently Continuum doesn't even rival Windows RT for usability (IMHO). It's technically interesting at this point, but not especially useful in the envirnment they are pushing it, a business alternative. Those updates, additions, features, look like good things to improve this. In my experience, it needs to be a bit more reliable when used over WiFi. Pretty solid when wired it seems, but a large use case will be wireless in a conference room setup. Not great when the wireless drops halfway through a PowerPoint.
  • I really think that the continuum will serve as switch between mobile OS and X 86 os window10 for one of the Surface Phone variants when it come. May carry the Surface Phone Pro tag.
  • Is there a link to this panel on Channel 9 so we can see the whole thing?
  • The Surface Phone Pro Would still run the Window 10 Mobile as the phone and only when connected to external monitor and continuum activated then the x86 full desktop can be use. Which let to the spec. of the phone more or less likely come with intel core M chips plus top of the line 2k or 4k display with 6-8 GB of RAM and storage at 128gb plus.
    The price tag will be top premium, starting at $995.00 and up.
  • Well this is great news, it really makes it more productive and just these few steps (the multi-windowing in particular, which seems small but no doubt technically is colossal) would push the experience much closer to being a full desktop PC. Just hope current hardware like the 950 series will support it - I think there's a decent chance, but who knows. If they test it with Insiders, some of those Insiders have got to have capable phones, right? We'll wait and see.
  • I just hope they put the app list on the left side of the start menu like it is on the PC. And change the search icon on the task bar from the magnifying glass to Cortana. The UI needs to be more consistent across devices.
  • They need to make the xbox app run in continuum mode.
  • Will it come to my 640xl?
  • Oh and also the next continuum dock will allow you to connect to any tv or screen you have , plus wirelessly connect your phone to the dock using proximity sensor in which the alert notify you if you want to connect and activate continuum as your phone in range of the sensor. And all you have to do is choose Yes or No. If all of these function work the Surface Phone will be instant hits. Especially the Surface Phone Pro with intel core M .
  • Sweet
  • Huge! This will be a major boon! Now I know that until they either add (or virtualize) win32 support and/or significantly increase the number and scale of UWP apps, it will always lag behind desktop. But this is still a simply tremendous step in the right direction, and maybe even be the impetus to further hasten along one, the other, - or both of those initiatives to catch it up. While there's definitely still a way ahead to go, I am now even more confident than ever that it will eventually get there, and then Continuum may truly become the genuine game changer that it was designed to be! This is very exciting! Hopefully this will not only be a huge success in Enterprise, but also begin to see new success and make at least incremental inroads in the consumer space! Cheers!
  • Brill
  • All great stuff but what are they doing to bing us more UWP apps that can work in continuum?? Let's face it, the Continuum and the phone is only as useful as the apps.  Of course, what app you need is different than I need which is different than your neighbor etc...  In other words, we still need apps.  We can start with the most popular consumer apps that are lacking like snapchat, nest, square, etc...
  • I think the most exciting thing is the proximity connect to Continuum. In the future you will be able to walk up to any computer and have your phone connect to it and start working right away without taking it out of your pocket. This is the real future for continuum.
  • How about they get the current version fixed and working properly before worrying about RS2. My Wi-Fi still isn't working right. It drops out about every sixty seconds. My phone is almost useless without it.
  • I'm enjoying Continuum as is but the Redstone 2 update will make it much more user friendly. Also, hate reading between the lines but are they suggesting that the dock already includes an undocumented proximity connect?
  • That is badass. I never thought that was going to actually be am option. My jaw literally dropped when I read that.
  • Woot woot
  • I recently spent a week in Spain, the first time I've used my 950 outside the UK.  Overall, not the best of experiences. First, the OS kept wanting to switch me back to UK time zone. Next, for some reason I had two email messages that refused to be deleted.  Also, PDF email attachments could not be launched or saved to the device, which created problems when presenting an e-ticket.  This was frustrating and embarrassing. Also, no real Trip Advisor (or something similar) app for finding restaurants, etc.  MS have discontinued the Travel app.  I was left with limited functionality within the Maps app. I took great photos and videos, though Panoramas were laughably disappointing. But, the real bright spot was the Maps app with offline maps.  Both iOS and Android phones let us down in various ways, but it was the 950 that never failed and got us home every night. These may be little niggling bugs, but when you're traveling they are not insignificant.  And it makes it feel like WM10 is not a mature OS.
  • HERE maps is available for IOS & Android. Free offline maps.
  • Resizable windows on continuum? That is what I was talking.
  • The last Windows Insider update I flashed on my Lumia 1520 caused it to have a boot loop. I had to restore it to the original factory software (WP8.1) to get it to work properly. And even that was a pain in the rear because the Windows Device restoring tool didn't work right. Had to perform a trick I read about just to get it to work.
  • Intel and ms still gonna make that x86 phone
  • This is all great but can it play Crysis... :)
  • Great stuff! Ofcourse this is just stuff that will be more important to enterprise. I'm sure we'll see some consumer focused features as well. Long live windows insiders.
  • Anyone will tell plz about continuum???
    I need some information
  • Too much focus on Cortana and Continuum. It sucks because Cortana is not available to all regions, and Continuum is only available to high-end WPs. I think it's better for Microsoft to introduce features that are essential to a smartphone and will be available even to low-end WPs. WPs have more chance to grab marketshare in low-end market because there's no iPhone there and a lot of budget android phones sucks in performance.
  • So almost nothing for anyone not willing to cough +500$ that's not very encouraging
  • But After Redstone 1 update my Lumia730 battery drains drastically without usage...over night. When i checked batttery consumption one time it is showing Start consumed 40%. After some time it shows AUTHENTICATION consumed 55% (Why password unlock or authentication will consume that much?). Windows 8.1 was 100% stable than this win10. So i rolled back to wp8.1 after hard 1 year journey with w10m.
  • I want this in my car!
  • Bring OTG support with this update plz.
  • Why thumbs down?
  • How do roll black my phone to Windows 8.1
  • OTG support for Lumia 830 plz