As part of our weekly Microsoft discussion, one of our guest bloggers, Cliff Kavanagh, let us know his thoughts on what a universal platform means for Windows 10. Here are his words on the subject:
As the battle for smartphone supremacy continues to wage, it has more or less become a battle between two behemoths: Apple and Google. Apple’s iOS has long won over those seeking a streamlined OS that “just works,” while Google’s Android has been a favorite amongst those who want a more open ecosystem and flexibility in choosing which manufacturer and device they’ll adopt. Microsoft, on the other hand is about ready to release their latest mobile OS, and with the acquisition of Nokia’s mobile division – new Microsoft branded Lumia handsets. Could Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile change the game?
One of the key goals Microsoft has been chasing is a unified operating system, and universal applications. The groundwork was laid with Windows 8 on desktop and mobile, and with Windows 10 Microsoft is attempting to deliver an even better experience no matter which device you’re using. They’re doing it with technology they call Continuum.
One of the most exciting features of Windows 10 mobile will be the ability to connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor and have a Windows experience that’s not far from a true desktop computer. Imagine, you arrive at the office to complete some reports and prepare a presentation but instead of using a desktop computer or even a laptop, you pull your phone out of your pocket and set it on a small dock. Instantly the phone recognizes the dock and shows you a desktop environment that looks and acts like a Windows 10 desktop. Even better, the Microsoft Office apps on your phone scale and act just like their full desktop counterparts. Being connected and working doesn’t interrupt the functionality of the phone either. A user can be working in PowerPoint using Continuum, and still receive or make phone calls or text messages. When it’s time to go, there’s no need to power down a desktop, or slip a laptop into a briefcase – you simply pick up your phone and go.
The experience Microsoft is aiming to provide with Windows 10 Mobile is more than just another mobile operating system; it’s a re-invention of the mobile platform.