It was reported that Microsoft would announce a phone-tablet hybrid at its event last night, but that turned out not to be the case. Instead, Microsoft announced the Continuum feature, which resolves some of the issues faced by 2-in-1 device owners.
Continuum ensures that 2-in-1 devices running Windows 10, like the Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, will better manage switching from laptop to tablet mode and vice-versa. Microsoft VP of Operating Systems Joe Belfiore demonstrated this feature in a 90-second demo.
During the presentation, Belfiore disconnected his Surface Pro 3 from its keyboard cover. The device then asked if he wanted to switch to tablet mode. After tapping on this prompt, all of the device’s apps went full screen. To switch apps, he then swiped in from the left-hand side of the screen. Windows 10 in this mode also featured a full screen version of the Start menu. When the keyboard cover was reconnected, the device then asked if he’d like to return to laptop mode.
This feature should encourage more device makers to explore the 2-in-1 market. Up until now, they were left to their own devices when it came to making the switch between the two modes work. Now, Microsoft has acknowledged the problem and implemented a subtle, yet suitable fix.