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Complete guide to Windows 10 mobile features, apps and devices

When it comes to mobility, Windows 10 has a lot of new features. Universal Windows apps for example, allow users to work with the same app across a variety of devices and maintain a common experience.

Introduction

One of the big issues users had with Windows 8 was that the operating system was too focused on mobile devices. The entire OS was oriented toward touch-friendly devices.

So when Microsoft released Windows 10, one of the main goals was to put Windows 8 and its host of problems to bed. That does not mean the company threw mobility out the door. Quite the contrary, Windows 10 mobile features are plentiful. From Windows 10 Continuum to Universal Windows apps and everywhere in between, Windows 10 aims to make users' mobile lives easier.

Explore the new Windows 10 mobile features, how Windows 10 mobile apps and Windows 10 mobile devices work, and much more.

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Continuum among Windows 10 top mobile features

One of the most helpful features for Windows 10 mobile users is Continuum, which knows whether or not a user has a keyboard connected to a device. So, if a user is working with a 2-in-1 device he can attach a keyboard and Continuum automatically orients the device to work with a keyboard. Pop the keyboard off, and the device switches to a touch-centric interface. In addition to Continuum, Microsoft included some security features in Windows 10, including containerization and BitLocker encryption.

Feature

Inside look at Windows 10's mobility features

Windows 10 Continuum mode and other new mobility features should convince enterprises to forget about the failures of Windows 8. Continue Reading

News

Microsoft Continuum helps turn smartphones into PCs

The Microsoft Remote Desktop app works with Continuum to turn Windows 10 Mobile smartphones into thin clients with full PC functionality. Continue Reading

Opinion

Continuum is key to Windows 10 success

Microsoft Continuum is an adaptive feature that configures the user experience based on what device is in use, but it remains to be seen whether the feature has enough star power to boost Microsoft's device game. Continue Reading

Feature

Can Microsoft shape Windows for the mobile era?

Microsoft's response to the rise of mobility -- particularly its effort to adapt the Windows OS to mobile devices -- will go a long way in determining the company's future. Continue Reading

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How do mobile apps work on Windows 10?

With Universal Windows apps in Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to deliver a seamless experience for apps across all devices. That means a user can do all the same things with an app on a smartphone that he can on a laptop or even an Xbox. To allow users to work with Apple iOS and Google Android apps on Windows 10, developers must turn to two software developer's kits (SDKs) from Microsoft.

Answer

Windows 10 delivers consistent user experience across devices -- sort of

Users can seamlessly run the same app on a PC, tablet, smartphone or even a gaming console with Universal Windows apps. But the experiences aren't identical on each one; the universal code adjusts to the device's screen resolution capabilities. Continue Reading

Tip

UWP delivers truly universal Windows 10 apps

With the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), developers can create Windows 10 applications that work across any device, from smartphones to Xboxes and everything in between. Continue Reading

Opinion

Remote desktop client makes Windows mobile apps easy to use

Mobile remote desktop clients still need improvement, so vendors such as hopTo are thinking outside the box. HopTo's client application uses keyboard shortcuts to improve the mobile experience on Windows apps. Continue Reading

Answer

A loophole for iOS and Android apps on Windows 10 devices

Users can't run iOS or Android apps natively on Windows 10, but Microsoft offers two SDKs developers can use to create Windows 10 versions of their mobile apps. Continue Reading

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How mobile devices take to Windows 10

A lot of mobile devices work with Windows 10. The 2-in-1 tablet market is particularly attractive because of Continuum. Depending on what Windows 10 devices users work with, they may be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 or they may not be able to upgrade at all. The Surface and Surface Pro upgrade just like a desktop, but the Surface RT, which Microsoft no longer produces, cannot receive an upgrade.

Tip

2-in-1 devices bring the best of both worlds

With 2-in-1 tablets, enterprise users can have the mobility of a tablet and the functionality of a laptop in a single device. Continue Reading

Feature

Galaxy TabPro S is ready for business

Samsung's latest 2-in-1 Windows tablet, the Galaxy TabPro S, boasts a thin design, quick-charging technology and a processor that can handle business processes. It only has one USB Type C port, however. Continue Reading

Answer

Navigate Windows 10 upgrades on mobile devices

The upgrade process on Windows-based mobile devices works differently depending on the device. RT tablets can't get the upgrade, for example. Continue Reading

Opinion

Windows 10 to shake up the smartphone market

Microsoft promises compatibility across all form factors with Windows 10 Mobile, which could signal more Windows smartphones entering the workplace. Continue Reading

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Key Windows 10 terms

A compilation of terms related to Windows 10 mobile features

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