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January 15, 2016

Weekend Reading: Microsoft devices news and stories you may have missed (Jan 15)

Skype celebrates ten years of Skype video calling and announces free group video calls for mobile phones, Designed on Surface project highlights mural artists around the globe who are doing great things with Surface, and the world of work is changing – here are our picks for Weekend Reading.

A man plugs a Lumia 950 into a screen using Microsoft Display Dock

Continuum for Phones: Making the phone work like a PC
Continuum for Phones is a Windows 10 feature that, with the Microsoft Display Dock, gives you a PC-like experience, allowing you to scale the Office apps on your phone onto a second screen, while you can continue using your phone as a phone.

Head over to the Windows Experience blog, to read about the making of Continuum – the challenges, vision, and solution.

Designed on Surface: Inspiring artists around the world to do great things
Designed on Surface project is a collaboration with artists across the globe to create murals embodying the spirit of people who do great things and the places that inspire them. Read more about the project here.

In our new weekly series, we showcase the individual artists and their inspiring work, created with the help of Microsoft Surface. The first in the series is Jasper Wong, an artist, illustrator and curator from the USA.

Jasper Wong creating his mural.

Ten years of Skype video calling
A decade ago, Skype introduced video calling, changing the way we communicate and keep in touch with our friends, family and colleagues. Since then, Skype has become the video calling app of choice for many, generating more than 2 trillion minutes of free Skype video calls to date.

Skype, originally only available on PCs, has evolved over the years, and this week the evolution continues as Skype announced it would bring free group video calling to mobile phones in the coming weeks.

The changing world of work
With the help of technology and mobile devices, we can work anywhere and anytime. So why go the office?

Microsoft Office Envisioning and PopTech spoke to experts around the globe trying to understand how automation, intelligence and the exponential growth of digital connectivity are changing the way we work.