Windows 10 Mobile deserves more credit
Microsoft are always going to have fans and enemies for a variety of reasons. No company can really please everyone.
Whilst Windows 10 Mobile does not work for me personally, it surprises me how much negativity exists regarding the platform. The regular criticism being a lack of apps. This is a valid criticism, yet countless users get lots of value from the system. For good reason too, primarily those in business.
Here is what he has to say on the topic.
Steve Litchfield on Windows 10 Mobile
Why consider a Windows 10 Mobile phone in 2016 and beyond? Well, you’ll certainly not be buying it for running consumer applications like Snapchat, Pokemon Go and the latest games. Most of these simply aren’t available. The ‘app gap’ from iOS and Android to Windows Phone (and then Windows 10 Mobile) has been much publicised and is accurate. Though we’d argue that all applications a mobile professional needs to get things done are very much present and correct. With bells on.
And this is the key to buying into Windows 10 Mobile smartphones such as the Lumia 950 range, the new Acer Liquid Jade Primo and the HP Elite X3. You’d buy these because they’re mobile computers that run the same Windows 10 as on your laptop or desktop. Complete with Cortana, Office, Outlook, and other Universal Windows Platform applications, all beautifully integrated with OneDrive and cloud storage. Now, the phones run on an ARM chip (usually a Snapdragon from Qualcomm) so don’t expect to run ‘legacy’ Win32 applications from your company, but almost all Windows 10 UWP apps will work just fine.
Along these lines, taking things one step further, these top end smartphones also support ‘Continuum’, letting you hook up wirelessly (or through a dock, if you want to charge your phone at the same time) to use any Miracast or Windows 10-enabled display as a second monitor for your phone’s UWP apps. So your phone becomes your computer – you’re fully signed in, authenticated, and so on, into all your apps and services, and now you can use an external secondary monitor at its full resolution, a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (for example) to create a full desktop-like Windows 10 experience, with everything open and ready to go in seconds.
Oh, and if you’re sceptical as to how compatible the displays that you encounter in (e.g.) hotel rooms will be for Continuum use, try the new HP Lapdock, a 1080p laptop shell which provides everything you need to expand your Windows 10 Mobile experience.
In short, this is a world away from the typical consumer market and expectations. Microsoft is clearly pitching its own efforts now at the professional and business end of the market and many of its hardware partners are doing the same. In fact, it’s not inconceivable that the lack of Snapchat, Tinder, and the latest games might be seen as a boon – less distractions, less trivia and more productivity all round!
Windows 10 Mobile devices
As you can see Steve touches upon just how Windows 10 is designed to be different. It’s about productivity and working on the go; getting important business tasks complete.
This is not to say it will work for you I or everyone else. Of course much much will depend on your personal circumstances and desires.
For more information follow our link below or head over to AAWP to delve deeper into the Windows 10 community.