In a previous post discussing computers for seniors, I had suggested three options: 1) a desktop computer, 2) a laptop, and 3) a smartphone.
Then I stated that if I had limited funds and could only afford one of the three choices I would choose the smartphone. I backed that up by creating a series of courses on how to use your smartphone for leisure and work.
I have since upgraded my phone to Lumia 950 and with that got the Continuum feature as part of Windows 10. Continuum allows you to connect your phone to a large display (either a TV or computer monitor) as shown in Microsoft’s promotional video below:
The video shows the husband connecting his phone to a monitor to work, and then still being able to use his phone as a phone. In the mean time the wife, on business, walks into her hotel room, connects her phone to the hotel’s TV to work on an Excel spreadsheet. Once back home they enjoy a video on the living room TV.
It is clearly easier than working on the smaller phone screen. But it is a promo video – is it really practical?
There are many articles and videos on the internet discussing the merits of Continuum but very little on how to actually use it in real life.
With that in mind I have developed a series of online courses, Practical Continuum, to show what you can achieve with a Windows phone and Continuum. These cover formatting a Word document complete with images and table, managing local and online files with File Explorer, and many more.
I am very excited about these courses—they really show how much one can do with a Windows phone!
There is a technical challenge that I have yet to overcome. It turns out to be difficult to video the monitor screen so that the resolution is high enough to read the text, and not have the screen flicker in the video. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.