Roper's demo of the Display Dock with Lumia was the longest demonstration during the event. "I can use my phone like a PC," he said, as he held up the dock, a box about the size of a cigarette carton with three USB ports, an HDMI port and a display port on one side.
He showed how he could quickly pull up the phone's start screen to the larger display, then used keyboard shortcuts to switch between Office apps. "Is that insane? The phone is actually doing this," he said.
While the phone can be used to grab stored files from the cloud, it can also grab images and PowerPoint presentations from a thumb drive, through the dock. In one PowerPoint image, Roper changed the highlight color from purple to black by using the processing power of the Lumia device. "I can be productive like a boss, wherever I am now," he said.
He also showed how the Lumia phone could play full HDMI 1080p video on a desktop display with "robust audio."
"If I want to be productive at the top level, these devices are built to do it," he added.
In a fact sheet, Microsoft said Lumia apps will scale on the bigger screen when connected, and users can browse the Internet and stream movies. Also, users will be able to use the phone independently when connected to the dock to take a call or send a text message, while the apps continue to play on the bigger screen.
Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates, said the Display Dock, coupled with Lumia phones with "groundbreaking features and performance, … will appeal to business users."
When grouped with the new Surface Book and other new devices, Gold said that Microsoft "will shake up the market … Microsoft is taking the battle directly to Apple's doorstep and has thrown down the gauntlet to say, 'you're not the only innovator out there.' And frankly, Microsoft has left Google in the dust, although no doubt Google has the means and the will to catch up."
The Lumia 950 features a 5.2-in. quad HD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, or 564 pixels per inch. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with Hexacore CPUs and support for 64-bit applications. It also has a removable 3,000 mAh battery, a rear-facing 20-megapixel camera and 32GB of internal storage. A microSD slot provides up to 200GB of expandable storage.
The Lumia 950 XL comes with a 5.7-in. quad HD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, equivalent to 518 pixels per inch. It has a larger Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with Octa-core CPUs and 64-bit capabilities. It has a larger removable battery at 3,340 mAh. Storage is the same as the 950, with 32GB internally and 200GB of expandable storage. It also has a rear-facing 20-megapixel camera.
Hololens Project X-ray
One of the futuristic technologies that Microsoft unveiled was an advance in the use of holograms for gaming. Specifically, Microsoft's Hololens Project X-ray allows a user to use holograms on a head-mounted display untethered to wires or even wireless.
In a demo, Microsoft showed a user in a room in a house with high definition sci-fi monsters breaking through walls to attack the users. Sensors map a person's environment and take advantage of a unique holographic processor unit.
While the demo showed off gaming, Microsoft has previously described Hololens as a tool for industrial designers and other workplaces. Microsoft said it is taking developer applications to receive a Hololens developer kit that will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for $3,000.