Testing Windows 10 Continuum has been something I’ve wanted to do since, well, the second it was announced. Today I got to play with the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and I took the opportunity to get it running over Miracast for a completely wireless Windows 10 Mobile, extended screen experience. For someone like me, interested in highly integrated mobile computers, this was a groundbreaking moment.
As I played around with a keyboard and mouse connected via a USB-C -> USB 3.0 adaptor (from an HP Spectre X2 that I am also testing here) I thought about that barebones laptop scenario, the Continuum Laptop and large-screen Windows 10 Mobile tablets. (7-10 inches) that could be used in a similar way. Naturally I also thought about the BIG hurdle that is Universal Apps. Progress is very slow in this area. With Continuum and the knowledge that there are 200 million Windows 10 devices out there and millions more coming soon it might be enough to convince some app developers to get to work on porting apps but Microsoft needs many millions more Windows 10 smartphones out there. The chicken-and-egg situation continues.
My video demo is below and I hope that gets a few develops thinking but there’s one thing I can’t get over and that’s my current need to switch to Android because of, well, productivity. As you might have read in an earlier post I’ve started a new project and because of that I need to be using apps like Periscope. I’m also testing a Basis Peak so I need an Android phone or iPhone for that too. I’m missing Google Plus and the Lumia cameras, while excellent are now better than what I need. In some cases I’m even finding some better features on Android. The face-in-video dual-cam overlay is great on the Sone Xperia Z5!
But back to Continuum. It’s a great feature and something that could tempt a lot of developers to move their Win32 apps over to the Universal Windows Platform standard. That’s why Windows 10 Mobile Tablets and even Windows 10 Mobile laptops could be in the limelight later in 2016.
The full review of the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is available at Notebookcheck and I’ll be creating a summary video of that over the next few days.