Although it’s been announced for quite a while, the Continuum feature for Windows 10 Mobile users has now been officially announced by Microsoft. However, this wasn’t done via a press release, but through a forum moderator on the Microsoft support forums. Here’s what he said:
We are very proud to launch Continuum for phone, giving Windows customers something truly amazing – a phone with PC-like power to help them get things done.
This means that you can carry a new Windows 10 smartphone – like the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL – and use a small dock or wireless dongle to connect it to a keyboard, mouse and monitor for a familiar PC-like experience. Run Office apps, browse the Web, edit photos, write email, and much more.
While you’re working on the larger screen, you won’t lose your phone’s unique abilities. Continuum multi-tasks flawlessly so you can keep using your phone as a phone for calls, emails, texts, or Candy Crush.
Or if you don’t have a mouse, you can use your phone as the trackpad for the apps on the larger screen.
Launching Continuum is extremely special because it’s such a new concept we’re adding to the existing tech landscape. We are eager to kick off this discussion to hear your feedback, questions, comments, and suggestions for how we can keep improving Continuum. Your opinions will help shape the future of Continuum because through this forum, the Continuum engineers will review your thoughts regularly and aim to integrate learnings we gather from insights you post here.
With this new feature, you can use a new Windows 10 smartphone along with a small dock or wireless dongle to connect it to a keyboard, mouse and monitor. This will allow it to be used as a mini-PC, allowing you to run Office apps, browse the Web, edit photos, write email, and other things. Here’s a brief video with more details on this:
The next big planned update for Windows 10 is codenamed Redstone and it’s said to be coming in the summer of 2016. Threshold 2 is still the biggest update so far to Windows 19, but Redstone is indeed going to be a giant one.
Among its many improvements and new features, Microsoft will allegedly focus in improving Continuum, as well, and maybe even bringing Win32 app support, as well. While the current share of Windows Phone is shrinking, Microsoft has high hopes that Windows 10 for Mobile devices will change this.