Microsoft’s BUILD conference kicked off in San Francisco on Wednesday, where our own Brandon Russell was in attendance for all of the news. The company announced a new feature of Windows called “Continuum” that will make apps that typically run on Windows for phones much more powerful.
You might be running Office on your phone, for example, and decide to edit a PowerPoint presentation. If you plug your phone into a monitor, the application will automatically adjust to the size of the display, giving you more than just a blown-up version of what would otherwise run on your phone. It’s not a full-fledged Windows 10 application, but it’s pretty darn close, and you can interact using a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft will release tools for developers to take advantage of this in its own applications, though to be frank, Microsoft has struggled getting developers to create apps for its Windows for Phones platform.
Thankfully, Windows 10 takes a whole new approach, so it’s much easier for developers to scale their applications for mobile or desktop use. Likewise, Microsoft announced new tools that will allow developers to port Android apps to Windows, instead of having to completely rewrite the apps for its platform. TechCrunch said that there aren’t any current devices that support the full mobile-to-desktop experience just yet, but that there should be a new wave of devices that offer that functionality. It’s unclear when those phones will be announced.