26 February 2016
With the recent release of Windows 10 to desktops we all knew it wouldn’t be long before Windows mobiles received a well-deserved upgrade. Microsoft’s main aim with Windows 10 was to connect all of its devices together into one ecosystem using the same apps across desktop, tablet, smartphones and even the Xbox One.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile will be available as an update to existing devices in December 2015, but will come first on two new flagship Lumia handsets Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, which should arrive some time in November.
The newest and most impressive feature of Windows 10 Mobile is the Continuum feature. This feature allows smartphones running Microsoft’s latest OS to transform into desktop PCs. Microsoft is giving developers the tools to create software that runs across PCs, tablets, smartphone and Xbox to allow apps to automatically adapt to the screen size they’re running on. Although currently it is not identical to a desktop PC it is still pretty similar. Every app launches full screen, and there’s a task view feature that allows you to quickly switch between apps.
Continuum currently only works with Microsoft’s own Windows 10 apps, but third party apps will soon become available too. Developers will just need to create Windows 10 universal apps and they will be able to scale up to this mode. It seems Microsoft are betting on this as the future of mobiles and the lack of performance lag is impressive for the first build.