Next up on the streaming eco system can be Microsoft, with the Miracast Dongle getting thumbs up from the FCC. Microsoft may be planning to bring its own streaming stick to the marketplace for Windows users, according to the recent FCC filings.
The device is termed as a media adapter on the FCC approval document and it is referred to as a HD 10 model. It is certified for 802.11bgn Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, WPA personal and WPA2 Personal connectivity, the same connectivity options that Google Chromecast offers. It will also include a HDMI Cable and USB cable and unlike Google Chromecast and Apple TV, it runs on Linux.
Notably, Windows Phone 8.1 already includes a Project my Screen feature which is now compatible with a small number of smart TVs. Using the function, users can share their screen with people in the room which could be helpful for both offices and living room entertainment.
The feature on Windows Phone that allows direct streaming of the screen content on a big screen is currently compatible with only a select few smart TVs, suggesting that Microsoft might be planning to launch hardware that will complement the dongle.
Currently, it isn’t operable in other environments while its rivals are interoperable, for instance, Apple TV supports Windows, Mac and iOS devices and Chromecast supports Android, iOS, Mac and Windows environments. As the device has already got the approval of the FCC, it is expected to be launched in the near future.