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    Microsoft Continuum to extend phone productivity to big screens

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    Re: Microsoft Continuum to extend phone productivity to big screens

    The crux of the idea is that with Windows 10 for phones users will be able to connect their smartphones to a monitor, mouse and keyboard and enjoy a PC experience "almost just like the one you get from a full PC device".
    Ahem, most phones have only one USB port so you'll have to multiplex that to get monitor plus IO devices. Are Microsoft (or 3rd parties) going to offer some kind of pocket sized adapter that has a video out (HDMI?) plus a couple of USB ports, (LAN port would be nice too). Other thing is that I thought that the typical phones USB port could be only "storage" or "power" not both - so is using your phone in "desktop" mode also going to drain the life out of it?

    Great idea on the face of it - modern phones definitely have enough horsepower to do the typical "office" tasks, but I'd like to see more implementation details.

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    Re: Microsoft Continuum to extend phone productivity to big screens

    It's likely meant to be done via bluetooth keyboard/mouse + miracast (ms do an adapter already)

    I have to say I do like the idea of powerpoint via a phone... it's handy as a backup if a laptop/slate/pc fails

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    Re: Microsoft Continuum to extend phone productivity to big screens

    Quote Originally Posted by LSG501 View Post
    It's likely meant to be done via bluetooth keyboard/mouse + miracast (ms do an adapter already)
    Wasn't aware of the Miracast setup - thanks for sharing. If the desk-set connection is via Bluetooth then I'm out - CorporateIT have a standing ban against them (on security grounds)
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    I have to say I do like the idea of powerpoint via a phone... it's handy as a backup if a laptop/slate/pc fails
    I was thinking more that the typical "road warrior" load would be a lot less. If you were hotdesking then all you'd need was my proposed docking station and your office-in-my-pocket and you'd be good to go. Coincidentally it'd be a good justification for moving to more powerful phones...

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    Re: Microsoft Continuum to extend phone productivity to big screens

    Think of it as iPad replacing in a fun way. Surface replaces the iPad by being better. This replaces it for letting you do iPad style work, from a 'desk PC'.

    I'd often said windows RT could have been brilliant for the big companies, the ones that require no really 3rd party apps for that staff member. It proved to be very secure too. This is perfect for receptionist grade workers.
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