In-short : Microsoft Continuum – What is it?

Android users have had a ton of features and privileges to be happy about so far. They’ve enjoyed great performance, albeit a couple of lags at competitive prices and almost iPhone-like features for a fraction of the price and couldn’t even be bothered about the existence of Windows Phone devices. But it appears that the tables have turned for Windows, not as an entire operating system, but in specific areas and features like Microsoft Continuum.

With the inception of Windows 10, Microsoft has finally brought support for Continuum to its high tier devices like the Microsoft Lumia 950XL and the 950. We cannot help but notice how efficient it is and how elegant of a solution it is to people who want to carry one device that functions as a laptop and a mobile.

At the launch of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, Microsoft said that it wanted to put a computer in your pocket. Surprisingly, the company has achieved most of that.

What is Microsoft Continuum?

In case you have been in the dark about Microsoft Continuum, let me explain it in short. It turns your mobile into a processor which can beam an almost Windows 10 desktop-like experience. When connected to a monitor, it lets users carry just one device within which their office and personal information can be stored.

How does Microsoft Continuum work?

The impact Microsoft Continuum can bring is solely down to the applications and the developers behind it. The universal application concept of Windows 10 is an elegant one, but it still needs a lot of work. Applications are yet to be fully optimized to work on mobile mode when the device is used as a mobile and switch to desktop layout when connected to an external monitor.

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Will my Windows Handset support it?

It depends on whether your handset is powered by a processor that’s powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to enable efficient multi tasking with the Continuum. You will also require Microsoft’s accessory box that connects the handset to the monitor or television. Continuum is also available as a wireless option by means of screencasting.

Is it for Me?

If you are someone who likes to work on the go and hates the hassle of carrying multiple devices, then this is the feature for you. It is a symbol that the future is here (provided you have enough money).

It is worth pointing out that the Microsoft Continuum is not the first of its kind. Ubuntu showcased this concept by 2013. We feel it can be aptly worded that Ubuntu went for the gold but lost to Microsoft in the race. Maybe Ubuntu will be back with a better a implementation of the same concept. Until then, users can bask in Microsoft’s glory.