The differentiating factor. Microsoft has made it no secret of addressing the value of Windows phones in the market by highlighting Continuum, and claiming the uniqueness of this feature.
As far as Redmond is concerned, the ability to connect a Windows 10 Mobile phone to an external monitor to emulate a full-sized desktop experience is something that is yet to be emulated by the competitors.
And now the software titan wants to remind users just how useful this feature is.
It has published a blog post today that explains how Microsoft Edge in Continuum provides a full desktop browser experience, starting with a rundown of how things work:
“Continuum allows Windows 10 Mobile users to have a PC-like experience when connected to an external display and a mouse and keyboard. When connected (via a wired dock or via Bluetooth and Miracast), Universal Windows Apps like Office and Microsoft Edge will adapt their interface and behavior to provide a desktop-like experience tailored to mouse and keyboard input.”
The software titan then provides three reasons why Edge provides an experience that is as true to the desktop equivalent as possible.
Starting with a common rendering engine on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, albeit with the mobile version omitting support for some codecs like Flash and RTC, due to having a different background model.
Next is the ability to switch from mobile to desktop mode, as Edge in Continuum sends a desktop user-agent string so websites automatically recognize it as a desktop browser.
And finally, thanks to the Anniversary Update, phones now have the ability to provide the same smooth scrolling experience that PC users enjoy.
Microsoft closes things by committing to make Continuum as close to the desktop experience as possible without adding any additional overhead for web developers. Solid!