The full PC transformer is actually the idea with Microsoft's Surface Pro, sold for $800 and up, which flips between touch screen and traditional desktop mode
, and works with a trackpad or mouse.
When you are on desktop mode
, you can go incognito on your browser settings.
Many of the apps I had installed on the phone simply didn't show up in the desktop mode
's start menu and couldn't be launched but it works reasonably well.
There is also a desktop mode
that allows the device to be plugged into a monitor to act as a PC for PowerPoint presenta- tions or word processing and a split screen mode to take advantage of the phone's larger display - all useful in a work context.
When Windows 8 launched in 2012, Microsoft included the capability for third-party developers to build weird hybrid browsers that could run in both the Metro interface (as the full-screen touch-based user interface was then known) and in regular desktop mode
. Both Google and Firefox experimented with this feature, but it never took off, and Microsoft killed the feature in Windows 10.
The familiar Desktop mode
and included keyboard allows you to use your tablet as a computer.
Across platforms: I tested Windows 10 on a hybrid and realised that the desktop mode
is slightly different from the tablet mode.
Acer's Aspire Switch 12 is equipped with a kickstand design that features a magnetic and latch- less detachable keyboard, the centerpiece of the Aspire Switch 12 is its ability to easily transition between notebook, pad, display, tent and desktop mode
, giving users a 360 degree device capable of fitting seamlessly into everyday life.
But seriously, with the desktop mode
you get to detach the keyboard portion off of its base that allows you to type a little away from the monitor.
Windows 8 routinely jumps Desktop users to the Start screen without warning, but Windows 8.1 does a better (but not perfect) job by allowing Desktop users to remain in Desktop mode
And Windows 9 is likely to have the ability to run mobile apps designed for the Windows Store in windows while in desktop mode
, Those apps currently can run only full screen.