Microsoft has released a video demonstrating Continuum, its upcoming Windows 10 Mobile feature which will allow smartphones to act like a desktop system when connected to external peripherals.
While the concept of a universal device isn't new - Canonical famously tried to crowd-fund an Ubuntu-powered smartphone
which could double as a desktop computer, while mobile devices with docking stations have been around for decades - Microsoft's Continuum marks one of the most eagerly anticipated implementations. Using a Windows 10 Mobile device, the company has promised, users will be able to connect to an external display, keyboard, and mouse to use the device as though it were a desktop computer - and even run familiar applications, thanks to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) introduced with Windows 10.
Promising is all well and good, but Microsoft is now backing that up with a video demonstrating the Continuum feature in use. During the video, a Windows 10 Mobile device is connected to external peripherals and used to edit a PowerPoint presentation, while still being able to send and receive messages. This, naturally, is based on the use of an optional docking station - but more is then revealed: using Bluetooth peripherals and a Miracast wireless display device, Microsoft's upcoming Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL devices can use Continuum mode entirely wirelessly.
Sadly, Continuum is a feature that won't be available to all: while Microsoft's upcoming Lumia-branded devices will include the hardware required to make Continuum work, users upgrading older handsets to Windows 10 Mobile will find Continuum disabled on their handsets.
The video is reproduced below.