Microsoft unveils Chromecast-like wireless display adapter

By Silky Malhotra | Updated 24 Sept 2014
Microsoft unveils Chromecast-like wireless display adapter
  • Microsoft unveils a wireless display adapter for $60 that can be paired with your Android or Windows device to stream data to your HDTV.

Microsoft has unveiled a Google Chromecast-like wireless display adapter for Miracast screen streaming. The adapter is available for preorder for $60 in the United States and Canada and will be available in stores from October.

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The Wireless Display adapter has a two-headed cable with 3.46 inches dongle and an HDMI jack on one end while on the other end it function as a USB. The heads are compatible with projectors, TV and monitors which can transform the display into a receiver for mobile phone. With Miracast technology the user can be able to stream or stretch out the screens with compatible devices. Microsoft stated that the Wireless Display Adapter provides a reliable connection that may cover up to 23 foot radius. It is compatible with Miracast-enabled Windows 8.1 devices, as well as Android 4.2.1 or later based smartphones or tablets. Read: Microsoft introduces cross-platform Bluetooth mobile keyboard

Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft said in a blog post, "Today we’re announcing the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, which connects to an HDTV, monitor, or projector and will let you easily share content from any Miracast-enabled device – including many PCs and Tablets running Windows 8.1. With the Wireless Display Adaptor, I don’t have to worry about getting everyone to huddle around a device. All the content I care about, along with audio, is easily shared on the big screen."

Google launched Chromecast “dongle” for $35 earlier this year. Chromecast has a beta app that allows the user to stream Android’s display into the TV. It is restricted to streaming from apps like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Chrome on Chromecast.

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Snapdeal recently launched a Chromecast like media streaming dongle Teewe for an affordable price of Rs 1,999. Teewe has to be hooked up with your TV’s HDMI port and can be controlled by a smartphone app. It lets you stream content from YouTube, movies, photos and music stored on your PC once connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Source: Microsoft

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