Microsoft Continuum to power the world with phones
Earlier this year at Microsoft’s Build developers conference, they announced the coming of a new age of technology – one that we have seen coming for a long time but never realized how close it was. “Continuum”, a new technology being introduced in Windows 10, essentially turns any phone into a PC and every screen into a potential computer.
“We actually envision a world where the phone powers many more screens and experiences, where every screen can become a PC,” says Keri Moran, a Windows program manager at Microsoft.
Ultimately, this means that laptops could be built with just a keyboard, battery and screen, and tablets with just a display and battery, leaving all of the processing and storage to the phone. Manufacturing costs would drop dramatically with the removal of some of their most expensive parts, resulting in much lower prices to the end users.
Microsoft has some universal apps that are going to come pre-installed in all versions of Windows 10. With Continuum, these apps will automatically adapt to the screen that they are being displayed on. This means that when you hook up your phone, wired or wirelessly, to a screen and keyboard/mouse, the app changes itself to become desktop-friendly (or becomes a touch-friendly tablet version when you connect to a tablet). When scaled up to a larger display, the desktop looks very similar to the Windows 10 desktop, but has some subtle differences and can’t run traditional desktop apps – only universal apps could be used.
Unfortunately, in order for this venture to become as successful as possible, Microsoft has to rely heavily on app developers to create universal Windows apps that compete against Android and Apple’s app collections, a feature that Microsoft has greatly lagged behind in since their initial introduction into the market with their Nokia buyout. However, unlike similar ventures like Canonical’s Ubuntu Phone OS that failed to receive funding, Microsoft’s Continuum is already alive and here- so get ready for Windows 10, Continuum, and all of the changes that they will bring.
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