Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Microsoft's New Display Dock

Display Dock
During its 6 October hardware event, Microsoft unveiled an array of new devices. But the most significant one could turn out to be one of the smallest: the palm-sized Display Dock that enables a new feature called Continuum and turns a Windows 10 Mobile device into a PC with the use of the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Tom Warren reports for The Verge that the feature works surprisingly well, as he learned when attaching the new Lumia 950 XL to a Display Dock through a USB Type-C connection.

"Continuum is pretty basic right now, but the features it has work well." The interface instantly looks like a Windows 10 PC — though typing in the Start Menu, splitting apps side-by-side, and minimizing windows are PC features that don’t yet work with Continuum. Each app launches in a fullscreen view, and Windows 10’s task view feature enables you to switch between apps. Users can also use keyboard shortcuts, like alt-tab to switch apps or ctrl+c and ctrl+v to copy and paste.

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