Microsoft Shares Details On Origins Of Continuum In Windows 10 Mobile
With the launch of Microsoft’s Lumia 950 smartphone, the much awaited Windows 10 Mobile OS is also finally available to use. Among many other things in this new OS, one big feature that everyone has been waiting for is Continuum which allows the phone to be used as a PC when connected to a Display Dock.
Essentially, Continuum turns the smartphone into somewhat of a Surface Pro which also has a detachable keyboard that allows it to transform between a tablet and a laptop.
Continuum does more than simply enlarge what’s displayed on the phones, however. With the feature enabled, these Lumia phones will launch desktop-like versions of Windows 10 apps, not the stripped-down software often found on a mobile device. The devices were expressly designed to have the processing power and other technical specifications needed to run fully fledged apps.
According to Time.com, the idea of Continuum first took root about three years ago as an effort to create something unique when it came to smartphones and was codenamed “Wizard and Tin Man” after the popular “Wizard of Oz”. The actual name of Continuum wasn’t decided until last year according to Peter Bergler, a principal group program manager at Microsoft.
After testing Continuum in focus groups, the team behind the project showed it to Windows and Device head Terry Myerson, who gave the go-ahead to move forward with it.
Given its popularity and eagerness of Windows OS fans, Acer stopped its work on Jade Primo, a phone which was to be Android based, and switched the development to a Windows 10 Mobile based version.