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Use Continuum To Make Windows 10 Mobile Mimic Messaging Everywhere

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that if you’re packing a Windows 10 Mobile with Continuum support, like the Lumia 950, HP Elite x3 or Acer Jade Primo; you’ve found it to be useful in a pinch, a nice technology demonstration but of limited real world use. As a result you’re still carrying a laptop for your normal day to day tasks.

Continuum isn’t just for projecting to a big screen or faking a PC setup with your phone and dock, you can project the screen to your Windows 10 laptop, which may not be an intuitive thing to do, but can be useful in the right place.

For example, when you need the functionality originally promised by Messaging Everywhere, but now delayed to a future update of the Skype client.

Whilst it has become commonplace for attendees to bring laptops to meetings and seminars, checking your phone for messages and replying isn’t good manners. In some organisations texting during the working day is frowned upon.  Connect your phone to your laptop and fire up the messages app and you can deal with urgent communications without appearing rude or looking like you’re slacking.

For this to work your phone and PC will need to both be running Windows 10 Anniversary update. Your laptop will need to support Miracast and you’ll need to enable incoming connections in the System… Project to this PC settings item. You won’t need to be on the same network connection, as long as your devices are close enough to maintain a WiDI (Wireless Direct) connection. Once connected you’ll get the Continuum desktop in a window on your PC. Load up messages and your messaging from your desktop.

For now it’s a workable solution for laptop based messaging. Both Android and iOS owners already have this functionality, although its slightly less integrated, it turns out Windows 10 can get this particular job done.