Microsoft Finally Shows Off It’s Chromecast Like Device Called Miracast

Microsoft Miracast

Its has both Android and Windows support

It’s not long ago since rumors of Microsoft’s own Chromecast like device started spreading, and today the company has unveiled its own version of the streaming device. It’s clear that Google cooked up a winning formula when it built it’s Chromecast, and that product’s standout success has led other companies to push out their own HDMI dongles in recent months.

Microsoft’s device has a lot in common with Google’s Chromecast. Its primary purpose is sending something you’re viewing on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the TV screen (or a projector, since Microsoft is also targeting business users here). It’s also powered by USB, but unlike Chromecast, it looks like the USB cord is hardwired and can’t be unplugged or replaced, Whereas Google’s approach is based around the company’s own Cast technology, Microsoft is relying on Miracast to make the Display Adapter work.

The device works with both Windows and Android hardware, and there are some significant benefits that come with choosing Miracast. Unlike Chromecast, here individual apps don’t need to bake in support as they would with Chromecast; if the device running an app has Miracast, it should work out of the box. Also, since Miracast is made possible by Wi-Fi Direct, there’s no need for an actual internet connection which is sweet. So this means you do not need any internet connection for Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter to work. But perhaps when it comes to the price, the new adapter may be a hard choice to make given the Chromecast costs almost half . At  $59.95 is that more expensive. Microsoft says it will be in stores next month.

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Source: Microsoft