Microsoft is crafting its own version of Chromecast

Microsoft is crafting its own version of Chromecast
Google’s Chromecast is arguably the best value in existence as far as media devices go. At $35, it is priced to be an easy purchase decision.

It may be centered on the Google experience, but it is super easy to set up. All that is needed is an available HDMI port on your TV, Wi-Fi, and either an Android smartphone, or Chromebook, or a computer running a Chrome browser to get things started.

The major media players like Netflix and Hulu were on board from the get go (obviously, YouTube was too), and Google has stated that Chromecast is a success. The content delivery of Chromecast has prompted the world’s internet search engine to dig deeper, and later this year, Android TV will be available.

Microsoft tipped its toe into the entertainment scene from the opposite direction, with Xbox. The system has been a success despite hiccups, but it faced competition in a way that Chromecast did not. Sensing it can score success with a dongle-like apparatus, Microsoft is an as yet unnamed product of its own.

According to documents filed with the FCC, and Wi-Fi Alliance, Microsoft is working on a “Miracast Dongle” media adapter. It is a product of Microsoft Mobile Oy, indicating that this is a project that was being worked on in Finland before the Nokia acquisition. The model number is PYAHD-10 (or HD-10 based on the label), and for now, the diagrams and description of operation submitted to the FCC are being kept as confidential.

Given the short-term nature of confidentiality being requested (90-days), we expect to see some type of formal announcement about this device in the not-so-distant future (perhaps IFA 2014?). It stands to reason that we expect functionality within the whole Windows ecosystem, but particularly Windows Phone. We would also expect that it would interface with existing Live ID and Xbox accounts for access to some, if not all, media content from the entertainment side of Xbox.

What do you think the HD-10 will be? What do you think it will be called?

via: The Verge



36. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

If this means that you have to use IE then it's a no for most people.

35. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Honestly, I have a blu ray player that does what this can do, and more, except for Miracast. And obviously blu-ray. I paid $55 for it. Much better value. I can see why people like it, but blu-ray player is such a better value. And it is also not tied to an ecosystem (mine is Sony). You don't need another device either.

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Bsod on the big screen?

30. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yep: "Big Screen of Death"

22. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

I'll be getting this. Get it out soon MSFT !

21. hemedans

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if you dont mind the price there are nuc and saphire edge. they can be used as 1. console replacement (xbox one, ps4) 2. used as media box to play hd movies, series 3. subscribe to various service like netflix and hulu.

20. hemedans

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if you dont mind the price there are nuc and saphire edge. they can be used as 1. console replacement (xbox one, ps4) 2. used as media box to play hd moviea, series

19. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Just wait and see ms will make their. Ecosystem great they're improving all the time you'll see.

15. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

As usual DESPERATE! Its coming half baked because it is being rushed out justl like WINDOWS PHONE 8

11. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

HAPPY NEWYEAR 2011 -Posted using windows internet explorer.

31. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012


8. ERIK05

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

internet explorer cast. I'm sure it'll be wildly popular!

10. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Hahaha damn sure, Its gonna be the best LOL.

27. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"internet exploder cast. I'm sure it'll be very blue screen of death" FTFY.

7. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Steal , copy or buy thats what microflop does to survive, Don't remember a single thing they innovated or invented themselves.

16. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

And the worst part is that you have reason. IE, Bing, Windows Phail, now this (and many others).

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I can't wait to get my hands on this!

4. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I like Microsoft, personally I think they have a lot of great ideas. Unfortunately I think their ecosystem sucks. Microsoft I feel has just been adding things as they go rather than perfecting one thing at a time. I feel apple and google have done a great job of this. Both companies have great products and probably will move on once they are done perfecting them (well android took like 2 years, but without a doubt now it is the most complete OS of any platform). Windows phone came out really half baked, its way better now than what it was, but still needs a lot of work. They are trying to compete with ChromeOS with a cheap laptop, which makes no sense because really chromebooks dont make up enough of a market. They released a half baked idea of a console the Xbox One (They did fix it thanks to Phil Spencer, who is probably the coolest person in gaming and sold me an Xbox one which I love now). Sorry got off topic, what i was trying to say is Microsoft needs to do a better job of building its ecosystem yes they look alike but that doesn't mean i want to use them. Internet explorer, Bing, windows music, media player, microsoft office are all things i don't enjoy that I wish i did because if I did I wouldnt have to be split between Google, Apple and Microsoft products. Hopefully this product comes out and is great but microsofts tack record with their first product usually sucks. Kinda just rambled sorry

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I see your point... I might agree with you if you were talking about the ecosystem a few years back, but lately everything has been coming together quite nicely... It's all pretty synergetic now, way better than 3 years ago... ...... Nevertheless, I'm glad that someone else understands that ecosystem isn't just about the app store... Good job, my friend!

9. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Too long won't read it.

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Good, you won't start another fanboy war, stupid troll.

14. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Its quite ironic , that you are saying so. Quite funny actually.

17. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I do the same thing. I don't feel like reading an article within a article.

12. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Agreed. I think that Microsoft has the potential to do better, to create better stuff and actually perfect it. But I guess that they are not used to the rapid developing tech culture now. Maybe before the smartphone era they would have been able to be the top. But nowadays, products come and go in a blink of an eye. An app may become popular today, and tomorrow people wouldn't even talk about it. They are kind of still stuck in the old mentality, which I think what Satya is trying to change now. Anyway, besides my rambling also, great comment dude. For a change theres someone who actually understand the current situation instead of blind bashing !

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Google's 'Knowledge Vault' Can Teach Itself The Answers To Your Questions, May Drastically Improve Google Now Skynet is here...............

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Redmond, Start Your Photocopiers". It's more true now than it was back then. Sad, really.

18. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You mean the way Google "photocopied" Neo TV?

24. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You mean the way Mountain View complete view on design language across the entire company was influenced Redmond. Those photocopiers was started a while ago. Metro aka Modern UI and Material UI.

25. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

LOL dude "material UI" is just another way of Google saying "We copied modern UI on Windows" UI. Stupid copycat Google. First copied MS's Office suite and now that "material UI". I hope Samsung don't adopt that copied UI on their new TouchWiz on Android L next year.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7696; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So stupid. Have you even seen that Android L functions nothing like WP? Idiots like you say they have taken and copied the modern UI. Learn what the term means before looking like and idiot. The UI term means User Interface. The UI is completely different to Windows Phones UI. In fact Androids UI is so powerful and robust compared to WP. It allows users to change its UI into anything they want including WP, iOS and many others, and has done this since day one. Just look at the play store and you can see that there are many launchers that can change the UI and color schemes. The flat design is another thing as well as the colors. But to say that Google copied the UI just proves to the world how ignorant you really are.

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