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Microsoft Chromecast Rival Will Mirror Android, Windows 8 Screens

Microsoft has announced a new Chromecast-like accessory that allows Windows, Windows Phone and Android screen mirroring. 

Microsoft-Wireless-Display-AdapterUsing Miracast technology, the “Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter” lets you wirelessly mirror the entire screen of any device running Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 or Android 4.2 or later. On Windows 8.1 it can also be set to extend the screen.

Since Miracast is an ad-hoc wireless protocol, mirroring content is not dependent on being connected to a Wi-Fi network, unlike the Chromecast.

But, like the Chromecast, it requires both an HDMI and a USB port for connectivity and power.

Not to be confused with…

The adapter should not be confused with the (also woefully named) “Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia” device unveiled earlier this month, though both do share similarities in using Miracast.

Microsoft is positioning the device as an ideal companion for enterprise, and talk up the benefits of showing“project presentations or documents to your workgroup… without messy wires.”

The dongle is priced at $59.99, and goes on sale in the US and Canada this October. If you’re so inclined, you can pre-order one today from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter on Microsoft Store

  • FirstLine

    Only WiFi N but dual band which is sweet. Still, weird decision to come out with 2 miracast solutions at the same moment.

    • Confusing, for sure. I actually glanced past this news when I first saw it, assuming it to be about the Lumia device.

  • Boothy

    Think I’ll pass. But thanks MS! ;)

  • ForSquirel

    Why would you want to mirror a windows 8 screen? Isn’t windows bad enough on 1 display?

  • Heimen Stoffels

    /me waiting for more MS bashing ’cause people will probably say again that it’s not a Chromecast rival.
    *grabs popcorn*

  • Crow550

    More so wondering how it stacks up against Chromecast mirroring.

    Curious what $25 extra gets you exactly?

    I use my Chromecast for mainly flinging YouTube videos and some Tab Casting and Phone screen mirroring.

    The rest of Streaming stuff like Netflix I use my Roku.

    To me it’s a great combo. I don’t know why I would need to add this too. I am curious how Miracast compares though…. Would be be enough though?

    This is Microsofts problem…. Too little too late.

    Basicly us too, us too. We have this thing too!!!! Ugh!

    • Ryan Karolak

      I don’t think it’s really all the same thing as Chromecast.

      I also think it may be an attractive alternative to some people. It’s a dumb device that mirrors whatever you have on your screen, as well as anything that specifically takes supports Miracast. That’s both a good and bad thing, imo.

      Chromecast does have mirroring for Android, but it’s less supported across different platforms. Chromecast support has to otherwise be built in.

      If you want a device that basically acts like a dumb wireless screen that mirrors whatever you have for your variety of devices, like a Windows tablet/pc, Android device, etc. then this may make more sense to you. You don’t have to worry about every app having support for the hardware.

      On the other hand, you can’t just “send” content to this device like a Chromecast, meaning you can’t send a video from your phone to this then leave and do something else on your phone.

      Depending on your use-case and what devices you have this may or may not be a good device. If you have lots of gadgets and computers that can use miracast it’s probably worth it. If you like on Android and Google products that support Chromecast then staying with that makes more sense.

  • Tje

    windows phone 7???