Windowed-mode coming to Continuum in Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 Update
Microsoft reveals many new features coming in Redstone 2
Microsoft believes that the central feature of the flagship devices running Windows 10 Mobile is Continuum. New phones like the Lumia 950, 950 XL and the HP Elite x3 can be used on a big screen, with keyboard and mouse, but the current Continuum experience is far from perfect.
Fortunately, many of the early problems in Continuum will be fixed, while many new features will be added in the next big update for Windows 10 Mobile – codenamed Redstone 2. During its Ignite conference this week, Microsoft revealed some of the improvements planned for Continuum.
An experience closer to PC will be provided in Redstone 2. After this update, you will be able to snap and resize app windows, and even pin apps to the taskbar. Furthermore, the second screen could be independently customized and the phone could be put to sleep. Currently, in Continuum mode the phone simulates a tablet-like experience without resizable windows, while the screen could not be turned off without breaking the Continuum session.
Another improvement in Continuum is the Proximity Connect – allowing you to connect the phone wirelessly to a dock/monitor when both devices are within a certain proximity range. In addition, Microsoft will add some enterprise features to Windows 10 Mobile, including SMS logging, remote access, remote PIN reset and others.
Some of these improvements should be available for Windows Insiders later this year, while the official launch of Redstone 2 with all new features should coincide with the hardware refresh of the Lumia / Surface line-up in Spring 2017.