Microsoft Launches Impressive New
Microsoft had their biggest hardware announcement ever yesterday, with tons of new gadgets across their entire line. For the first time in a long time, Apple has serious competition in the high-end hardware space, and it’s awesome. Competition is a great thing that helps push companies to make better products for us, the consumer.
New Windows Phone Devices Turn Into PCs
They finally launched new flagship Windows Phone devices that any Microsoft fan could be proud of, although they don’t have a killer feature as a phone to make somebody switch from iPhone or Android, and they still don’t have decent app selection for Windows touch devices. It’s worth noting though, that a few important Universal apps, like Slack, Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, are on their way (or already there) to all Windows 10 devices.
What does make the Windows Phone line really interesting is that you can take your Lumia 950, plug it into a dock connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and it will convert into a full Windows computer (you can only run Universal / Metro apps, but it’s still pretty great). This gives you a full-screen web browser, the touch versions of Microsoft Office, and whatever other apps you might need. For some people, this thing could be a computer replacement — after all, many people happily use a Chromebook and a smartphone as their only computing devices, and this combines it all into a single device.
We’ll have to see if Apple and Google adopt a similar feature in their mobile operating systems down the road, but considering how fast mobile devices are these days, it’s not far-fetched to think that in the somewhat near future, the only computer most people will carry is the one in their pocket, connecting to a bigger screen and input device when they are sitting at a desk. And it’s nice to see Microsoft pushing the industry forward.
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