Microsoft’s Continuum ‘could revolutionise mobile working’

Windows 10 could prove an advancement in mobile working

Microsoft’s new Continuum feature on its Windows 10 operating system could make mobile working a lot easier and more streamlined. 

Continuum essentially works by turning the user’s smartphone into a portable PC by allowing them to run full-screen Windows apps like Office and Outlook on an external monitor straight from the phone. 

Customers who want to take advantage of this new feature will need to buy Microsoft’s £80 Display Dock Connector, or alternatively connect wirelessly over Miracast, which will require a Miracast adapter if its not supported by the TV. 

The feature does require some effort in terms of the initial set up, however.

Equipment needed includes a monitor with HDMI or DisplayPort output and a spare keyboard and mouse. 

Writing for expertreviews.co.uk, smartphone editor Katharine Byrne, said that once this set-up is completed, Continuum “works brilliantly, providing fast, fluid feedback that’s nigh on identical to using an ordinary PC”. 

She said that the feature has “potential to revolutionise mobile working”, as it eliminates the need to carry a bulky laptop around all day if you’re moving from location to location. 

Another helpful element of the feature is that while you’re running Continuum on a desktop from the handset, the Lumia will still work as a phone too, enabling the user to answer calls and respond to texts without the need to unplug. 

Other useful aspects include using the handset to play 1080p video, and if the user doesn’t have a mouse, they can use the phone’s display as a touchpad. 

Individuals investing in the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets – the first to be released on the Windows 10 OS – will also be able to use the new Windows Hello iris-scanning security system.