Here’s how the HP Elite x3 becomes a true PC, with a catch

#HPEliteX3 #WindowsPhoneHere’s how the HP Elite x3 becomes a true PC, with a catch : HP’s Elite x3 giant of a phablet is probably what Microsoft should have launched as the Windows 10 Mobile champion. Aside from having the best specs in any Windows 10 smartphone, it also embodies Microsoft’s dream of seamless computing anywhere and everywhere.

While that is already possible via Windows Continuum and something like a Lap Dock, HP adds one more interesting piece to the puzzle: the HP Workspace service that lets you “run” full Windows desktops apps on the Elite x3.

Continuum can only go so far. It simply transforms mobile apps into their windowed desktop forms, but only for a select few that take advantage of that Universal Windows Platform (UWP) feature.

And that only works for mobile UWP apps, meaning those built for ARM devices. Most work, however, still happens using conventional , “legacy” desktop software, a.k.a. win32 apps, and Windows 10 Mobile, even with Continuum, is notorious about not supporting those.

Enter HP Workspace, which uses smokes and mirrors to let your run win32 software on an HP Elite x3 smartphone. Connected to a dock, of course. The secret to this trick is that HP Workspace is, with branding removed, a virtualization solution.

In short, somewhere out there, HP is running an instance of Windows 10 and those desktop win32 apps, which the user connects to and interacts with as if it were running on the device itself. Instant magical Windows 10 desktop on a Windows 10 Mobile device.

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