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We're Not Walking Away From Continuum, Says HP (theregister.co.uk) 44

An anonymous reader shares a report: While Windows roadmaps purportedly leaked to a blog last week appear to have a big hole in them where mobile should be, HP Inc tells us it has been assured by Redmond there are no plans to drop Continuum. HP is the sole major mobile vendor committed to the Windows Mobile Edition of Windows 10 and bet big on Continuum, the multimode "use-your-phone-as-a-PC" feature on which some of HP's ambitions rest. El Reg was impressed by HP's plans to build an ecosystem around the multi-mode capabilities of the HP Elite x3 phone, which doubles up as a PC replacement. (Or tries to.) Launching in over 50 markets, the ecosystem includes a streaming apps service HP Workplace to fill in the app gap, and even a "lap dock." HP pitched it at field workers and verticals. The only thing letting Inc-ers down was the quality of the software from Microsoft. Spring came and went without the expected improvements to Continuum. Unauthorised briefings last week suggest the Windows Mobile branch of Windows 10 is now an orphan.
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We're Not Walking Away From Continuum, Says HP

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  • With Itanium, HP also was the last OEM committed to it.

    • Came here to say, wow, HP sure has a thing for betting on abandoned tech ... http://www.computerworld.com/article/3031654/computer-hardware/hp-plans-to-continue-with-itanium-in-servers-for-hp-ux-customers.html

  • Phone-as-PC is the future of personal computing, and Software-as-Service is the future for Microsoft. Microsoft shouldn't care if you are using Windows/Android/Mac/iOS/Linux/WhateverOS so long as you are using their subscription Office Software to reach their Exchange Servers. The longer they try to fight Android and iOS the more time they give competing systems the opportunity to entrench themselves.
    • by EndlessNameless ( 673105 ) on Tuesday August 15, 2017 @12:31PM (#55018751)

      Continuum is an application. It includes power/performance/connectivity/mode variations in presenting its UI.

      It would need hooks, and functionally it closer to a custom skin than an app.

      Google isn't going to absorb MS code, so this is another platform war.

      At this point, I do want an alternative to Android because Google is going bad---but damn, could we please get someone besides Microsoft?

  • by nospam007 ( 722110 ) * on Tuesday August 15, 2017 @12:27PM (#55018689)

    "there are no plans to drop Continuum."

    Well I like Canadian TV series but Continuum's last season sucked.

  • I really enjoyed that TV series.

  • Microsoft really should resurrect this marketing for Windows 10 Mobile, except for the entire world, not just India.

    Windows Vista Launch - Wow is Now [youtube.com]
  • by CHK6 ( 583097 ) on Tuesday August 15, 2017 @01:44PM (#55019327)
    I love the idea of a pocket device that is both my main computational device and a smart phone for enterprise IT. We are a mix of 80/20 between Windows and Linux in our enterprise IT department. Between the price of ownership, long term support, and questionable functionality it's really hard to buy into this right now. Add to the fact Windows Phone is dead, it's a harder sell. I loved my HTC Windows Phone and disdained the Windows Store (and still do) compared to Google Play and Apple Store.

    External video processing units are becoming common place for workstations. So if a palmed sized Windows phone could be paired with (docked) an augmented processing unit to deliver laptop/workstation performance as an add-on. Sounds good to me.
  • but Continuum isn't it.

    They need the mobile device to be running actual Windows with the ability to tap into all the software that Windows can.. then you really can have one device to rule them all.

    That is the last play Microsoft has in the mobile market, it has to be coming soon, but Continuum is the half-baked version of it.

    • For microsoft to do that, you'd need x86 phones... Yet Intel is abandoning the mobile atom series.
      Linux/android could have done it years ago, it's already possible to install a desktop linux distro on a phone and has been for years, connect it to an hdmi screen and use bluetooth keyboard/mouse and you have a full linux desktop with 99% of the same software you'd have on an x86 desktop.
      The problem is it has never really been marketed or made available by default, its just a hack that you can apply yourself.

      • The fact that phones have no direct equivalent of a standard PC BIOS or ISA architecture complicates things quite a bit.

        Today's Linux & Windows might use the BIOS mainly as a stage 1 bootloader to launch their stage 2 bootloader (Grub, Windows' boot manager, etc), but devices like Android phones & tablets don't even have *that* benefit... in ARM-land, every platform is different & proprietary to the device vendor (or semi-proprietary to the device vendor, and totally proprietary to the SoC vendo

        • by joemck ( 809949 )

          All very true, but that isn't how "desktop Linux on Android" setups work. Your Android phone already has all the (proprietary, vendor specific, locked down) mechanisms in place to load the Linux kernel the phone came with. Fortunately that's pretty much the same kernel you need for desktop Linux. You just need a different userland.

          So we can let all of Android load, then start an app that chroots into a directory containing all the usual Debian ARM binaries, and runs everything through a customized X11 serve

      • Ubuntu tried with what they called "convergence", but they recently gave up on that [slashdot.org].

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