Microsoft's vision of Continuum revealed in a new video, and it looks marvelous
During Microsoft's Ignite conference this week the next stage of Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile was revealed. Likely slated for the Redstone 2 release slated for early 2017 the "next evolution" of Continuum pushes the phone as a PC experience even further.
In a new video posted by Microsoft Ignite (spotted by MSPU) four main features, were discussed at one of the sessions.
Those new features include:
- Independent Monitor Idle – Let one screen time out while you keep working on the other one
- Proximity Connect – Keep your phone in your pocket and connect wirelessly to your dock
- Customizable – Independently customizable Start screens across connected devices
- More PC-like experience – Enable "win key + type"; Taskbar app pinning, System tray Windowing
While Continuum, as it is today, is interesting its applicability to the real world is somewhat limiting due to the incomplete analogy of the experience. While it looks PC-ish being able to see only one app at a time is rather limiting. Being able to move windowed apps independently, snapping them, and having them overlap is a much more familiar and useful scenario.
Microsoft is adding other bits too like PC-like notifications and right-click context menus to go even further.
With this next stage of Continuum Microsoft is now improving and refining the experience as they continue to blur the line between PC and your smartphone. This progression will only increase with each Windows milestone reached until the hardware and software experience closely mimics today's PCs.
Thinking of the Continuum project as a journey and it should be fascinating to see it evolve not only in 2017 but years from now as well.
What do you make of these features coming to Continuum? Does it change your mind at all about this concept of a smartphone and a real differentiator for Microsoft?
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So you will be changing your insider ring then? :P
(She uses Netflix, Whatsapp, Facebook, Youtube, email, word, powerpoint and Spotify; all of which I am hoping are Continuum apps)
Android as did not have, nor does it now have, a universal platform that unifies an app from the core to UX level across form factors.
Continuum on Windows also doesn't simply blow the app up on the large screen, it is a context conformed experience in contrast to Androids iteration.
It also allows dual screens for say streaming on on and gaming on another. Android didn't do this years ago, nor have they done it today. :-)
You need to be UWP.
More likely you'll get better tools for bringing your app to UWP.
Is this the life preserver for WM??
MS need to bring a kick a-ss phone to market too compliment the X3 then slowly slowly, maybe they can carve a viable corporate niche.
Absolute last chance, so here's hoping.
To be honest, for the past few generations, out of any platform, continuum is the only innovative feature to come.... MS needs to run with that, and use that idea for marketing.
People fail to realize that the same people that use Windows in enterprise, are also average consumers when they leave work. What makes you guys fail to realize that MS realizes this? Don't get it twisted... The relative focus on enterprise is not a company wide focus. MS always aims to fill every segment... Rather, the focus on enterprise is, by default, a tactic to keep WM afloat, because at this point MS has no other choice... Regardless, Windows, and specifically Continuum, are both aimed at enterprise, and the consumer market. Both! AND! Let's not forget that Continuum is not just a WM-PC experience. Continuum is conceived for total synergy between all W10 devices... Of course, it will take time for everything to come full circle, and the most obvious, and practical applications, will come first (phones)... And, that is most definitely plan. Marketing, on a consumer level, is paramount, because enterprise consumers are in fact consumer, well, consumers. Lol
Corporates can use a server virtualized PC right now! There'll be always a power gap between your watercooled workstation and your fanless small device.
I'm looking forward to see UHD supported.
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which means that the Lumia 950 (SD 808), Lumia 950 XL (SD 810), HP Elite x3 (SD 820) can do it.
Also SD 617 in the Acer Jade Primo, NuAns Neo, Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 4 Windows, etc can do it.
Those are the low-end devices. - Well, maybe the HP Elite x3 could be considered a mid-range device.
Even the future SD 830 might not be powerful enough for you, but let's wait and see...
It also depends on the demands of the Apps in question. Maybe you can have what you want withe the HP Elite x3.
Remember: you need that Redstone 2 first.
64-bit W10M, landscape Start Screen with 4-way [+] split windows even without Continuum,
BT keyboard screen covers (slim, tactile, with battery, 3rd party), pen
Kind of old Surface, but with a decent ARM CPU & 64-bit Mobile Windows.
Is it Redstone 2, 3 or later (I'll say 64-bit @ 2018) ?
don't seem to think so. Instead they bet heavily on Redstone 2 / Continuum 2 with their money and reputation.
Maybe it's their Enterprise customers that think this is an excellent idea?
then use the "Insider" program to access a premature alpha Continuum 2