Microsoft has said since the Windows 8 release that it wants to streamline the way you use your PC, tablets, and phones. However, they haven’t quite figured out how to do it right. Windows RT was a disaster and has been scrapped. Windows 8, and later 8.1, has failed to impress the companies most ardent supporters and now Windows 10 will be introduced to a consumer base wondering if Microsoft can deliver.
This has forced Microsoft to find a solution. This solution appears to be, at least in one way, Continuum. Windows Continuum is Microsoft’s hybrid experience for those using a 2-in-1 device, such as a tablet or touchscreen PC. Let’s look at what Continuum is, what it does, and how this could be the solution we’ve needed all along.
What is Windows Continuum?
While Windows 10 is looking to roll back many of the bold UI choices that were supposed to launch Windows into the next generation of operating systems, it seems Continuum is the answer for those looking for a real touchscreen-like experience. Continuum is an adaptive interface. It will adapt to how you are using a touchscreen or tablet device to give you the most optimal experience.
For some, this may be jarring. Why would you want Microsoft to determine how you use a tablet or touchscreen device running Windows 10? It’s easy. When Microsoft introduced Windows 8, they wanted to change the way you used their OS for the better. They thought they could adapt to the growing changes in productivity and efficiency that Apple has done better for over a decade. Unfortunately, that mission fell far off course and Windows 8 and 8.1 were, and are, duds to most consumers.
Let’s see how Continuum works in theory.
If you’re using a device with a mouse and keyboard, Continuum will adapt, and Windows 10 will utilize its desktop version. Once you start tinkering around with the touchscreen, though, it’ll adjust again and switch to its tablet mode giving you functionality you can’t get with a keyboard and mouse setup. As you switch back and forth, Windows Continuum will adapt with you to give you the most optimal OS experience.
Continuum has yet to roll out to the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and chances are, it may not until the final release. Will it be ready in time for Windows 10 to hit the market? Most likely. Will users actually enjoy Continuum? That’s yet to be seen but if Microsoft is seriously about fixing how touchscreen, tablet and PC users utilize Windows 10, Continuum is a good first step.