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Microsoft has always been a company that has experimented with new form factors and new ways of interacting with technology - you only have to look at the Surface line of hybrid tablets and laptops, as well as the new Surface Book with its innovative removable screen to see that. Mobile working is also important to Microsoft - and with its latest Lumia 950 it could be about to shake up the entire phone industry - as now, your phone can offer a PC-like experience.
Microsoft has come with an accessory it calls “Microsoft Display Dock” for an experience it calls Continuum for phones, which is supported by the all new Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL running Windows 10. Simply connect your phone to the dock, and plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse and the big screen will display the familiar Windows 10 experience*, complete with Start menu - and will enable you to use Office 365 and the built-in apps on your phone to edit your documents.
You can see it all in action in this short video Microsoft has created, which notes how the experience remains consistent across form-factors:
Cleverly, if the apps are built specifically for Windows 10 you can run them full screen or resize the windows just as you would on a PC**. It’s a super-smart way to boost your productivity as now if you need that little bit of extra space to edit a document on Microsoft Office or want a bigger screen to watch a video, you can simply plug in and you’re good to go.
Impressively too, when your phone is plugged in it charges up and still functions as your phone - so you can call people, text and use other apps just as you would normally. And if you don’t have a mouse with you don’t worry, as you can transform your phone into a touchpad for the big screen. Genius.
The new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are impressive devices in their own right too. Microsoft have moved to a USB-C connector to ensure fast data transfer and fast charging. The Microsoft Lumia 950 has a 5.2 inch Quad-HD display, with a 20 MP rear camera sensor - all powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL bumps the screen up to 5.7 inches and the processor up to a Snapdragon 810. Both support Windows Hello Beta - an exciting innovation that uses biometric information to access your Windows 10 phones. Simply wake up your device, look directly at the screen, and custom infra-red camera technology automatically authenticates you. Apparently the tech behind it is so smart that not even twins can fool it, and it works in the dark too.
Both devices also give you the benefits of Microsoft’s OneDrive too, meaning that you can get to and share your important from anywhere, with any device. And your phone will even automatically back-up and organise your photos to OneDrive***, so that if disaster does ever strike, you won’t lose any of your precious memories.
The Windows 10 ecosystem is an impressive achievement - with devices built to match the experience behind Continuum for phones. You might never need to lug around a laptop ever again.
Check out the Lumia 950 here.
*Features may vary by device
**App experiences may vary. Office 365 subscription required for some Office features. External display with DisplayPort, HDMI connector or compatible adapter required.
***Subject to selected OneDrive storage size