Puzzled By Continuum

Continnum is one of the new features in Windows 10, and one that I find most interesting. The idea is have Windows automatically switch between the full screen tablet mode, which in the past has been referred to as Modern UI, and the traditional desktop with start menu mode.

Microsoft has said that Continuum will decide which mode based on whether or not there is a keyboard attached to the computer. Of course, Continuum only makes sense for 2-in-1 computers where one is going to frequently add and remove keyboards. An example of such a 2-in-1 is the Surface 3.

Indeed, when I attach and remove the Type Cover keyboard from my Surface 3, Continnum automatically switches between tablet and desktop modes. To the best of my knowledge, however, Microsoft hasn't explicitly stated Continuum will only work with the Type Cover, so shouldn't it work when a bluetooth keyboard the Logitech k480 is attached?

If I were designing Continuum, I would have made it work with Bluetooth in a way such that when you pair a Bluetooth keyboard it asks you which mode, desktop or tablet, do you want to use with that keyboard. Ideally, Microsoft would also enable users to manually configure which mode right from the Bluetooth settings, unfortunately it does not appear there is any way to configure Continuum.

An even more obvious connection for desktop mode is when there is a mouse attached to the computer. If I have a mouse paired and connected to the Surface 3, that is a very strong indication that I prefer desktop mode.

As it currently exists, Continuum doesn't appear to work for standalone tablets where one might use a bluetooth (or USB) keyboard or mouse.

You can manually switch between tablet and desktop mode from the Action Center, but that is not the automation promised by Continuum. I am hopeful that I just misunderstanding how Continuum is supposed to work, but I fear that for right now it is only going to be of use with the Microsoft Surface computers.

Last built: Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 3:26 PM

By Frank McPherson, Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12:58 PM. You should never argue with a crazy man.