As promised, Microsoft ceased availability of the Lumia Beamer app in the Windows Store. Microsoft already announced that it would be discontinuing Lumia Beamer as of October 30, 2015. Lumia Beamer allowed you to share your Windows Phone screen with any display connected to the Internet via a QR code or a link that you could send to the recipient through SMS or email.
Here is the Lumia Beamer app description:
“Show your phone’s screen live on any display that’s connected to the Internet. Share photos with friends and family on the TV in your living room, or invite colleagues from all over the world to view a presentation on whatever device they have. Nokia Beamer – your screen on their display.”
In a way, Lumia Beamer was the inspiration for Microsoft’s Continuum. If you don’t believe me, here is a list of features that were available with Lumia Beamer:
- Beam to laptops, tablets, TVs, and even smartphones
- Share nearby – scan a QR code on the target display
- Share remotely – send a link by email, SMS or social media
- Send the link to as many people as you want
- Shake or Auto Update – choose how to refresh your screen
Starting off as PhotoBeamer, then Nokia Beamer, and finally Lumia Beamer; once Microsoft bought out Nokia’s Lumia division. Lumia Beamer was the most ambitious Windows Phone app in sharing your Windows Phone display with anyone, anywhere, and it is sad to see it go, but I can’t help but be excited for with all the promise and potential of Continuum.
Continuum allows for a more unified Windows 10 experience and allows you to use your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL as a smartphone and a desktop on-the-go (when connected to the $99 display dock). It is hard to dispute that Lumia Beamer didn’t help pave the way for Microsoft’s Continuum.