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This article was published on April 29, 2015


Windows 10 will let you use your phone as a full computer… sort of

Windows 10 will let you use your phone as a full computer… sort of
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

At Microsoft BUILD today: the company showcased how your Windows Phone can be used as a full computer, complete with mouse and keyboard.

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Using Windows 10 Continuum, you’ll be able to plug a HDMI display into your phone and use universal apps like you would on a computer. You can opt to plug in a mouse and keyboard as well.

It’s not the full desktop experience, but it’s close to it. Universal apps can adapt to the screen size and work like their desktop peripherals.

You won’t be able to install Win32 applications, like on an Intel-based machine, but you’ll be able to use apps that are specially designed for Windows 10 devices.

One demonstration showed the same Office interface from Windows Phone running in desktop mode, from a single device.

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With this announcement it’s obvious that Microsoft sees the future as converging to a single device in your pocket. If you could perform all of your computing from your phone, docking it with a PC for heavier activities, you might not need as many devices.

Don’t miss: Everything Microsoft announced at Build 2015: Day 1