Some recent documentation from a Windows software engineer has floated up, revealing the journey the Windows 10 Continuum, and the operating system as a whole, took during its transition.
It’s transition to the ‘One Windows’ platform.
This document (PDF file) has been authored by Abolade Gbadegesin, and basically serves as a history of the Continuum feature, and the effort Microsoft made to transition towards a unified Windows ecosystem that allows apps to adapt to different form factors and screen resolutions.
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Some very interesting highlights here.
Including the fact that Continuum was briefly referred to as ‘Modern Glass’ early on, drawing parallels to the Xbox SmartGlass technology that allowed users to interact with their console from a smartphone or a tablet.
It later went by as ‘Wizard / Tinman’ before finally being marketed as Continuum.
Even more interesting is the revelation that Microsoft began working on this feature shortly after the release of Windows 8 all the way back in 2012, but we’ve had hints of this before.
This screenshot depicts a simulation of the feature with the Modern Glass name running on that OS:
Now, however, Microsoft is moving into new directions for Continuum and Windows 10, including bringing this functionality to very large displays, throwing virtual displays like HoloLens into the mix, along with voice-driven interactions and whatnot.
You can take a look at the complete content of the slides using by downloading the file above.