September 30, 2023

In August, Lenovo introduced the ThinkPhone by Motorola, its first Suppose-branded smartphone, and it revealed on the time that it might quickly provide some distinctive options derived from Lenovo’s partnership with Microsoft: a option to entry “the total expertise of Home windows 365” on the machine and a few enhancements to its “Suppose 2 Suppose” performance.

That former characteristic is now known as the Enhanced Home windows 365 App Expertise, and it’s accessible now as an built-in characteristic on the ThinkPhone. Higher nonetheless, it is going to be coming to different Android gadgets sooner or later, although Microsoft is being quiet about which fashions.

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“The Enhanced Home windows 365 App Expertise is designed to accommodate a variety of customers throughout totally different conditions and enterprise contexts,” Microsoft’s Catalin Ionescu and Sneha Sultania clarify in a brand new weblog submit. “The magic occurs once you join your machine to a bigger exterior show utilizing a USB-C or HDMI cable, together with an exterior keyboard and mouse. This straightforward setup transforms your smartphone into a conveyable productiveness hub, enabling you to work effectively wherever you might be. The compatibility with varied screens and peripherals and even the built-in digital trackpad on the cellphone additional enhances the Home windows Cloud PC expertise.”

I assume you had the identical preliminary response to this that I did, that that is thematically just like the Continuum characteristic from Home windows cellphone, or Samsung’s Dex, in that it entails docking a smartphone and getting a full desktop expertise. The distinction, after all, is that Home windows 365 runs within the cloud, and so this time the cellphone doesn’t should do the heavy lifting. The OS you’re utilizing on the massive display screen is operating elsewhere.