New Windows 10 Roadmap Reveals Desktop-Mobile Integration
More recently though, the Redmond based software giant published a new Windows 10 roadmap page, which reveals some new, previously unannounced features that look pretty interesting.
Majority of these features are business focused, which promise a way to bolster cross-platform connectivity, with the purpose to improve productivity, in turn. In particular, the roadmap points towards a feature that will let Windows Phone and Android users unlock their Windows 10 devices. The Microsoft Band 2 and other similar wearables will also be getting this unlocking capability.
The roadmap also described a “laptop-like accessory support” feature that is currently under development. Using this feature, users of Windows 10 smartphones with the Continuum capability, will ba able to plug into lightweight laptops that lack CPUs or an operating system.
Moreover, a Windows 10’s “dynamic provisioning” feature is also in the works that allows end users to provision their devices themselves. Here is the summary of features listed on the Windows 10 roadmap page:
- Phones will be able to unlock Windows PC’s.
- “Companion devices” such as Microsoft Band 2 and others will be able to unlock a Windows PC.
- Continuum connected Windows phones will have touch controls on external touch screens.
- Windows phones with Continuum will support other laptop-like docks.
- Windows PCs will be able to cast their displays to other Windows PCs.
- Microsoft Edge will get notification support, even while offline.
- Cortana notifications will finally show up in the Action Center.
- Windows apps will gain a new “picture-in-picture” type mode.
- Improvements are being made to Windows Ink for taking notes.
- Windows Defender is making a comeback with better protection.
The increased focus on mobile, as obvious in this roadmap, is part of Microsoft’s mobile-first, cloud-first strategy. Redmond says their goal is to make users more mobile in the way they interact with technology and this allows them to switch in a way that makes sense.