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Microsoft "PhonePad" Patent Hints at Continuum like Solution for Content Sharing


's Continuum is the standout feature of , it is the one feature that sets the platform apart from iOS and .

Actually, it is something that Microsoft should be making a much bigger deal of, even if some have dismissed Continuum as a mere gimmick.

At the moment the feature, that turns a regular smartphone into a fully functioning portable PC, is only available on the latest handsets running the Mobile platform.

However, a new patent filed by Microsoft could point to the company working on bringing Continuum like features could be coming to other devices.

The filing in question appears to be highlighting a system where two devices can sync with each other to share content between one and other.

We already know you are thinking NFC, , Wi-Fi, USB cables as tech that already successfully share content between two devices. The patent is something different though, hinting at the prospect of a way to sync content between two devices without using communication data, computing power, or energy.


With multiple types of intelligent devices available, users may have acquired a smart phone, a tablet, a laptop computer, a gaming system, and other computerized devices. All these purchases produce duplicated investment. While having multiple devices provided new opportunities and new flexibility, having multiple devices also produced unanticipated consequences.

Essentially the description hints at solving a problem where content is synced inefficiently and with different interfaces on multiple devices. Microsoft´s filing could have solved those problems to make content syncing smoother and across one UI.

Of course, as is usually the case, the patent may well not be developed beyond the filing and Microsoft may be covering its bases. Also, the “PhonePad” moniker the company has called the filing is unlikely to be a long term branding, even if this system ever does get made.

SOURCE: PatentScope

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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