Microsoft to turn your smartphone into a desktop computer

Originally posted at techinsider.io
by Antonio Villas-Boas
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microsoft lumia 950 and 950 XL display port
MicrosoftThe Lumia 950, a display, and keyboard are all connected to Display Dock to make a full-size computer.
At its big New York City event on Tuesday, Microsoft made the benefits of USB-C abundantly clear.
USB-C is a new standard that will eventually replace microUSB for charging and connecting our smartphones and computers to other devices.
Microsoft’s two latest smartphones, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, both have USB-C ports, which lets them transform into full-on computers that run the full version of Windows 10.
With a USB-C cable, you plug a Lumia 950 or 950 XL into the new Microsoft Display Dock, which is basically an adapter with a bunch of useful ports, like regular USB, HDMI, and DVI.
Then, you can connect the Display Dock to a monitor with an HDMI connection and a keyboard/mouse.
On the monitor you just plugged in, you’ll see what looks like a full version of Windows 10 you’d see on a Windows 10 computer. It won’t run the full desktop apps you’d find on a Windows 10 computer, but it’ll scale up your mobile apps to look like full-size desktop versions.
Of course, your keyboard and mouse are still working, too. It’s like having a tiny computer where you can do some pretty decent work with Microsoft’s powerful Office apps: All you need is a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse to make it work almost like a full-on computer.
Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, described the new Lumia phones as “phones you can run your entire business on.”
The magic here is Microsoft’s Continuum feature, which adjusts Windows 10 apps from mobile versions on a phone to look like full-size versions you’d see on a Windows 10 computer.
microsoft usb-c display dock appMicrosoft
It’s by far the best example of USB-C that we’ve seen to date.
microsoft display dockMicrosoft’s Display Port is basically an adapter with multiple ports for different external devices, like a monitor, keyboard, and/or mouse. It connects to the new Lumia 950 via USB-C.
This is some serious innovation.
Without a feature like Continuum, Apple’s mobile devices can’t do what Microsoft has done here. You could plug an iPhone to a monitor, but you’d simply see a mirror of what you see on your iPhone. You wouldn’t see a light version of Mac OS X El Capitan, and the apps wouldn’t look the same. Plus, Apple’s mobile operating system doesn’t support mouse input, so you’d still have to navigate around on your iPhone’s screen.
Originally posted at techinsider.io
by Antonio Villas-Boas
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Display Port Devices have been around for years, but using the smartphone as the “Hardware” for your “desktop” computing is GREAT MARKING and Extremely Clever as most of todays smartphones are MORE POWERFUL than the computers people use in their homes 🙂
GOOD CALL, for those people using compatible phones.
Cheers
iamWill

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