Is this the future? Microsoft suggests swapping phones for PCs

We’ve all heard theories that someday the phones in our pockets would replace the computers at our desks. Obviously that hasn’t happened yet, but could the change be coming? 

Microsoft recently debuted two new phones at a New York City press conference. The Nokia Lumia 950 and 950 XL run Windows 10, Microsoft’s flagship browser.

While competing against Android and iOS hasn’t exactly gone well for Windows in the past, as The Register observes, this time it’s pinning its hopes on going after business users. Microsoft is touting the fact these phones can be plugged into a display port to create a PC-like experience on your phone.

This is made possible since the phones can run Windows 10 apps in addition to mobile-only apps.

Drawbacks

The idea of having a single device for business phones and work is somewhat tempting, but it’s not without drawbacks.

For one thing, the phones top out at 32 GB of storage – not too shabby, but maybe not enough for power users. (That memory is expandable, however.)

And at $549 and up, this doesn’t exactly represent huge cost savings – unless your organization provides mobile devices to users who aren’t necessarily fans of either Android or iOS on their work phones.

So what do you think? Does this have the potential to be a game-changer? Or is it another idea whose time hasn’t yet come? Leave your take in the comments below.