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.
The Microsoft Remote Desktop app works with Continuum to turn Windows 10 Mobile smartphones into thin clients with full PC functionality. 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.
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
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
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.
Key Windows 10 terms
A compilation of terms related to Windows 10 mobile features