Universal Remote Desktop adds new string to Continuum's bow

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Microsoft's tagline for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL as 'the most productive smartphones on the planet' is possibly accurate in the sense of 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy very productive'. Concentrating on Office, email and - here, in the new video below - Continuum and the new universal Remote Desktop application, the idea is that your Lumia can hook up to a big screen via the Display Dock and then run classic Windows x86 (and server-hosted) applications. Or you could - again - just carry a Windows 10 laptop or hybrid with you? Still, it's a neat video demo, though for the umpteenth time I'm called to wonder whether Continuum will ever break out of 'really cool tech demo' mode and into the hands of real world users/businesses.

Here's the video anyway, as usual maximise the playback window and increase the quality as needed:

The idea, for businesses, is that a Lumia 950 or 950 XL and Display Dock (review link) can replace a traditional 'thin client' set-up. I guess it all depends on how mobile staff are and what facilities they can expect when they stop being err.... mobile.

The new Universal version of Microsoft's Remote Desktop tool looks polished though. You cab grab it yourself here in the Store if you have reason to try it. The 'Preview' bit in the name will presumably drop off in some future update.

I'm still struggling with Continuum in that I hook it up daily and then fail to spot any problems it solves in my life. Obviously Microsoft is aiming at businesses though, and they've proved that they're pretty good at understanding those needs, so let's stay optimistic.

Source / Credit: YouTube