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Microsoft Highlights Edge and Continuum Experience on Mobile

Microsoft is just getting started with Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile, but Microsoft Edge in Continuum is able to provide a full desktop browser experience.

For those new, “Continuum for Phones is available on select Windows 10 Mobile devices, and allows customers to connect their phone to a monitor, projector, or TV for a full-sized desktop experience, powered by their phone. “

Microsoft Edge takes full advantage of the Universal Windows Platform to provide a complete desktop-like experience in Continuum.

More specifically, when a Windows 10 Mobile via a wired dock or via Bluetooth and Miracast is conntected to an external display and a mouse and keyboard in Continuum, “apps like Office and Microsoft Edge will adapt their interface and behavior to provide a desktop-like experience tailored to mouse and keyboard input,” explained Microsoft.

In fact, Microsoft Edge in Continuum is nearly indistinguishable from its PC twin.

Here is a walk through on how Continuum works and a few key differences between Edge running in Continuum and on a PC:

To enable an experience that’s as true to the desktop equivalent as possible, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind.

Continuum desktop browser for Windows Mobile 10

One rendering engine

Microsoft Edge uses the same rendering engine across Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The only difference is Mobile does not support Flash and RTC. While the absence of the former is legitimately justified by power efficiency concerns on mobile devices,

Microsoft explained that RTC is not currently supported on Windows 10 Mobile because the operating system has “a different background model.”

For developers in general, there are not any special consideration to Microsoft Edge in Continuum as it works like a desktop client, including sending a desktop User-Agent string.

However, dev should avoid detecting a User Agent string, and instead work on Continuum when they use responsive design.

Independent scroll

In the Anniversary Update, Microsoft Edge in Continuum offloads scrolling from the UI thread to provide a more fluid scrolling experience during page load/painting as in PC.

Even when scrolling via the mouse or keyboard, this results in a smoother experience even while the page is loading or painting, the company stated.

Switching from mobile to desktop

Using a user-agent string, Edge recognize when a phone switches into Continuum and any sites opened will render using a desktop behavior.

Edge also ensures that users don’t lose unsaved changes while switching from phone to Continuum. And, refreshing a previously opened tab on phone, will reload in a desktop view if it isn’t a mobile-specific URL, explained the team.

A new Microsoft Garage project dubbed “Cache”, allows you to “bookmark the stuff important to you” is announced today.

This “stuff” will sync between all of your devices, starting with your iPhone and Windows PC.

You can use Cache to grab “text snippets, images, web pages, files, reference material, and your notes”. You’ll also be able to create groups, which will allow you to organize said stuff by “projects, clients, tasks, or ideas”.

And of course, all of that content will be available across your devices. It’s similar in functionality to OneClip, which was meant to be a digital clipboard across devices.

You can sign-up for a preview here at the Cache website.

Cache Microsoft Garage App

Virtual desktops experience is available on Windows 10 since a year, lets you organize and multitask when you have multiple programs, apps, or windows open.

Taking the Windows 10 virtual desktop experience to the next level, a new app on GitHub called “Virtual Desktop Enhancer” brings three additional features.

  • Frst among three is an extra keyboard shortcut to navigate to a virtual desktop directly through the use of Left Alt and #’s 1-9.
  • Next is the ability to set a custom wallpaper for each virtual desktop.
  • and, third is a new indicator in the tray area for the currently active desktop.

Check out at GitHub.

Earlier this week, Microsoft launched in a private preview a new scheduling app codenamed “Project Sonoma”.

The app seems to be focused on helping those who “work in shifts, work for which schedules are constantly changing, and track their schedules.”

As per official description of the app, “it’s a one-stop app for deskless workers. And, it enable them to see when they’re next scheduled to work. Allows them to get important on-the-job info, and let them chat with teammates.”

microsoft project sonoma app

According to a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson, Project Sonoma was developed internally by the company, and it’s not based on technology acquired via an acquisition.

Interestingly, Microsoft earlier this week purchased Genee, makers of a scheduling service.

Head over to Project Sonoma website for more information here.

The app is available for both Android and iOS. Since the app is currently in Private Preview, employees who work for business who has signed up to participate, [should install and use the app right away].

The Outlook Groups app has been recently updated, improving the experience of using the app to take part in the latest discussions, and the sharing of photos, notes and collaboration on files with an Office 365..

Overall, the update brings some stability fixes to prevent frequent crashes from within the app and also delivers performance optimizations for DB.

So, if you’re using the app, head over to the Windows Store to get the update by just pressing the update button.

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