What is Microsoft’s Continuum?

Microsoft’s Continuum is the Windows 10 Mobile OS ‘desktop mode’.

It allows the mobile OS to efficiently use a large screen, with a mouse and keyboard.

It isnt the same as full Windows 10 OS. Its a basic desktop experience from a compact mobile OS.

Windows 10 Mobile is a small OS designed to run on mobile ARM processors. It cant do all the things full Windows 10 can do. It has essential code to do things a mobile device should do. It can run any windows store apps made available for the mobile version. It doesnt allow you to use desktop OS apps like those used on windows 7 or Vista.

Full Windows 10 OS is a huge OS that usually takes up more than 20 to 30 GB on a computer, and cannot run on mobile ARM processors (yet). It has a lot of code to do a lot of stuff.

What is Microsoft’s Continuum?

Android will remain unsafe, forever

A recent article on Ars Technica, Linux bug imperils tens of millions of PCs, servers, and Android phones, highlights – once again – the most serious problem with the Android OS.

Lack of security. Your personal data is simply not safe on Android. Ever.

Apple and Microsoft  both have an update model where bugs can be fixed with security updates – without requiring the carrier service to do the update. In reality, this is the only update model that actually updates devices to fix security bugs.

Android, however, does not do this. Most Android devices will not be updated at all, even after known bugs make it insecure. The device manufacturers (OEMs) are responsible for updating devices, with the exception of some Google Nexus devices. Yet, even the Nexus devices may have to wait weeks for a known serious bug to be fixed in an update, and older Nexus devices lose update support.

In the above article, the Linux kernel bug received an immediate update (“Major Linux distributions are expected to make fixes available as early as Tuesday”), but it just isnt being passed on to most Android devices. In an update to the article, they report that Google will release a fix in March. Google also says that they believe Android is not vulnerable to third party apps. However, this is absolutely untrue, and third party apps regularly compromise user data. Some Android apps can even use unfixed bugs to get root access. These “exploits” never get fixed.

All OSes have security bugs. And all security bugs can be fixed with an update. Its just that most Android devices dont get updates. Google themselves publicly state that it is vital to keep Android devices running the latest version of Android, yet the update model they created makes this impossible for most people – because the updated OS for their device simply doesnt exist, and the OEM isnt going to spend a lot of money to create it. In this context, Google’s recommendation is an insulting joke.

Quite simply, in its current state, most Android devices will never be secure. Knowing this, it is impossible to recommend Android as an OS. For this reason alone, I recommend avoiding Android. Forever.

 

Android will remain unsafe, forever

Do I need to buy a new laptop?

I have been considering what my device upgrades will be.

If i had a 6 inch fablet, that would actually be able to do most things i need. email, social stuff, browsing, etc. And it is pocketable, which is something i sometimes consider essential, if only for taking photos. I have decided a phone with a good camera is essential, and i will probably not have another camera device.

With a keyboard and mouse attached, and multi window functionality, multitasking across apps is mostly ok.

BUT.

The 6 inch screen isnt big enough for doing things like editing audio, writing apps. and multitasking is easier on a bigger screen. I cant really get around the fact that i still need a bigger screen, at least 10 inches. But i dont want a 10 inch phone. Also, to do the things i want to do, i need a full version of windows, not mobile.

Its decided, I need a big screen device. But, does it have to be full windows? I can get a full windows PC on a stick, and plug the big screen in. That means i will have 3 devices, still. If i can get a full windows tablet, and a phone with a good camera, then i only need 2 devices.

Its also true that a full size keyboard still cant be beaten for text input.

But there is still functionality overlap. I dont want functionality overlap. This functionality overlap occurs because i can do some things on both large and small screens.

I feel we are still in a transition between traditional computing devices and ones that are much more flexible in providing the functionality required.

Do I need to buy a new laptop?