Windows 10 Mobile aiming to spearhead Microsoft’s flexible working revolution

Windows 10 Mobile aiming to spearhead Microsoft's flexible working revolution

Microsoft's Windows operating system has been at the forefront of the digital landscape for around 20 years now, and there's little sign of it stepping down from the plate just yet.

Despite increased competition from companies such as Apple and Google, Microsoft has done its best to provide the innovative technological know-how to push the boundaries and maintain what has otherwise been a firmly loyal customer base over the years.

Windows 10 is the latest installment of the company's successful OS ventures and it promises to have a substantial impact on the systems of companies across a wide variety of industries.

Going on the move

Microsoft is not exactly a company that stays in the dark when it comes to recognising new technologies and trends. Perhaps the most significant development in the way people work today is the greater emphasis being placed on mobile devices, with the company predictably taking note.

Flexible working is the belief that a workforce no longer has to be confined ot the office to perform to the best of its abilities, and it is an ideology that has spawned a host of new and exciting devices.

In order to power these new pieces of hardware, technology firms are having to develop and manufacture first class operating systems.

Having been a dominant force in the hardware market for a number of years, Microsoft has struggled to capture the imagination when it comes to operating systems on mobile devices.

Figures from IDC have found that Microsoft's market share in the global smartphone operating system market for the first quarter of 2015 was just 2.7 per cent, well behind that of Apple (18.3 per cent) and Android, the dominant force in the market with a share of 78 per cent.

Microsoft will undoubtedly have a great degree of difficulty in coming to terms with such a massive gap, but the release of its latest Windows 10 platform shows it is determined to win back some ground on its rivals.

Mobile features

Windows 10 is clearly a platform that Microsoft believe in, with the company pumping plenty of money into advertising promotion, but the truth is it will undoubtedly be judged by consumers and businesses by its features.

Windows 10 Mobile is set for a release around September and October, with a number of reports suggesting there could be one or two flagship devices set to coincide with its launch.

The new platform will come with a host of great features tailored to helping users get the most out of working on the move.

One of the most notable inclusions is Continuum, which allows users to add a monitor, keyboard and even a mouse, allowing the creation of a full PC experience with your device.

Office updated

While it may have lost ground in the market for mobile operating systems, Windows is still ahead when it comes to software, with Microsoft Office a mainstay for almost every office computer or laptop across the world.

However, the rise of mobile working has caused Microsoft's headline software package to try and adapt and the latest version for Windows 10 Mobile will see it offer a full desktop experience all from a mobile device.

This will come as music to the ears of Hot Desk users as it allows them to create the experience of being in the office without compromising on the flexibility that comes with a mobile device.

Users will also benefit from the Windows 10 Mobile keyboard getting something of an update. The Word Flow keyboard from Windows  8.1 Mobile is still there but it can now be resized and moved around the screen.

It all amounts to a heightened and facilitated user experience that Microsoft will hope will inspire growth within the mobile operating system market and take it to the top of the technological tree once more.