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Microsoft launches new Chromecast rival

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Microsoft has announced a new version of its Chromecast-like wireless display adaptor.

Back in September 2014, Microsoft announced its own Chromecast rival in the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. This HDMI stick allowed you to send media direct from Miracast-enabled smartphones, tablets, and laptops to your TV.

Its approach meant you weren't restricted to specific apps or even a Wi-Fi connection to get content onto your television set.

Now Microsoft has announced a revised edition of that media-sharing device. It's similar in form and function (though it appears to be a little more compact), but Microsoft claims that it does its thing with reduced latency.

Visual content can output at resolutions of up to 1,920 x 1,080, while audio can output two-channel stereo or 5.1 surround sound.

Obviously, Microsoft is also keen to associate it with a new generation of Windows 10 devices - when the original Wireless Display Adapter launched, we were still in the dark days of Windows 8.1.

Related: Which Chromecast is right for you?

It looks like the Wireless Display Adaptor device will be cheaper than the original, too. At $49.95 (£35), it represents a $10 saving.

The new Wireless Display Adaptor will hit the US and Canada on March 1, and Microsoft says that it will be "coming to future markets soon."

Dead Words

February 18, 2016, 12:25 pm

And it should be good for Continuum.

Tom

February 18, 2016, 4:36 pm

One of the best features of windows mobile and yet I never see them making that much of a song and dance about it in the advertising? For example their ne budget phone, it wasnt clear if it was supported?

Perhaps it is different in their marketing direct to businesses (where it would be the most useful) than to consumers

Dead Words

February 19, 2016, 12:21 pm

Continuum is a high end feature and requires a high-powered processor that is capable of pushing two separate displays at once that are doing two separate things. This requires, at minimum, a Snapdragon 6xx processor.

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