Microsoft's Flagship Lumia 950 Windows 10 Phone Goes on Sale
The Windows 10-powered smartphone, which can double as a serviceable desktop, is available exclusively at AT&T.Just in time for the holidays, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are officially available in the United States, Microsoft announced today. Interested buyers have only one choice of carrier, however, since the handset is only currently available at AT&T physical and online stores. Microsoft officially took the wraps off the new Windows 10 handset at last month's hardware event in New York. In a somewhat perplexing move, given the company's increasing focus on mobility, Microsoft Marketing Manager Bryan Roper spent several minutes exploring the Lumia's new PC-like experience when it is linked to a monitor, keyboard and mouse with a Microsoft Display Dock. Using the Continuum mode-switching technology, Roper showed off how the handsets can display a Windows 10 desktop, complete with universal Office apps, along with multitasking capabilities. With a click of the Outlook taskbar icon, "I can jump to that app and utilize it like you would expect on a PC," except the experience is powered by a phone, he said while switching between apps on stage. Panos Panay, corporate vice president for Surface Computing at Microsoft, echoed that theme in a Nov. 20 announcement. "With the Lumia 950, as well as the Lumia 950 XL, we set out to create the phone that works like a PC, and we succeeded—and are thrilled for our fans to get their hands on these new and exciting devices."
In many ways, the Lumia 950 is the embodiment of Windows 10 mobile and a software ecosystem that spans PCs, tablets and smartphones.