Microsoft has a Chromecast like dongle in the works and it has passed through the FCC

Microsoft has been a big supporter of Miracast, a technology that makes it easy to share content between two devices wirelessly. To help complete Microsoft's streaming ecosystem, it appears that they are working on a dongle that will easily allow you to share content using Miracast.

While not exactly the same, Google has a product called the Chromecast that is very similar, according to what we know, to what Microsoft is building. In short, it's a small dongle that is used to connect to TVs and other devices to allow them to be used as a media streaming device. 

Seeing that Windows phone 8.1 now has a feature called 'Project My Screen', it becomes quite clear how this setup will work. Using your Windows device, you will be able to easily pair it to this new dongle and share your screen on a television. While this may not be an essential product for home users, if executed correctly, this could be a huge hit in the enterprise so you no longer have to fuddle with a projector and VGA cables to share your laptop or phone screen.

Pricing will be important too as this product will need to be cheap so that it has a chance of being purchased by a large number of consumers. Why is that important? Well, if Miracast can get a strong foothold in the market and be widely used, it will make sharing content much easier down the road as more devices will adopt support for this technology.

We will keep an eye on this to see if we can dig up any more but knowing it has already cleared the FCC, it can't be too far off from release.

Source: Windows Phone Daily

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Yup, just like "Chromecast", except no app support, and it's proprietary. Typical MS.
(yes, Chromecast is based on open standards, and devices like Tivo (just one example) are compatible)

John Nemesh said,
Yup, just like "Chromecast", except no app support, and it's proprietary. Typical MS.
(yes, Chromecast is based on open standards, and devices like Tivo (just one example) are compatible)

Miracast is a Wi-Fi Alliance Display Specification standard.

John Nemesh said,
Yup, just like "Chromecast", except no app support, and it's proprietary. Typical MS.
(yes, Chromecast is based on open standards, and devices like Tivo (just one example) are compatible)

You have that backwards. Chromecast only works with Chrome. Miracast works with anything that supports it. :/

Funny, because last time I checked, there were over 100 apps that supported Chromecast...not just the Chrome browser. It also supports screen mirroring now as well.

TLDR: Check out AirTame instead. http://www.airtame.com/

This is all good and all, but considering what the Miracast protocol capable - and more importantly, not capable - of kind of makes the creation of this dongle about 5-10 years too late.

Had Miracast been more prominently pushed as a viable technological solution (ala AirPlay) when they first came up with the idea then perhaps it could still be (more) useful today. As of right now, AirPlay and ChromeCasting just have too much of the market share for this to succeed. The smartphone market is different than the software protocol market.

That said, this article is speculation, so the dongle may very well do much more than just add Miracast support (here's hoping).

If it's just Miracast it won't be interesting for video. Add DLNA or something similar and you're getting there.

Miracast is interesting for enterprise use: presentations, websites, photos, ... Things that don't move too much.

Pretty much everything I've requested over the last 12 months has, or will be coming true

The only thing I will say......what will this offer over a chromecast? ie, what can it do that my chromecast can't

Asus already has a Miracast Dongle available. I wonder if this would have the same functionality. Well, it could more of a generic dongle since Asus Mircast only works on a handful Asus devices.

Microsoft has a Chromecast dongle in the works ...

Isn't the headline wrong? Shouldn't that be "Microsoft has a Miracast dongle in the works..." ? This has nothing to do with Google, or Chrome.

sagum said,
chromecasting is part of miracast so the headline is correct, just using a brand name in place

Huh?!! Since when? They are two separate things.

sagum said,
chromecasting is part of miracast so the headline is correct, just using a brand name in place

Chromecast does not use miracast. Miracast is to display a screen wirelessly. Chromecast actually launches special apps.on the dongle with your phone, etc., being the remote for the app.

sagum said,
chromecasting is part of miracast so the headline is correct, just using a brand name in place
Do you realize your comments make you look like you have no idea what you're talking about?

MrHumpty said,
Do you realize your comments make you look like you have no idea what you're talking about?

I got that impression ;-). Maybe he won't be as quick to call ME wrong next time... lol

Anyway, looks like they heard me and agreed... the headline has now been changed, to "chromecast like".

MrHumpty said,
Do you realize your comments make you look like you have no idea what you're talking about?

So he was wrong as I am sure you are at times. Big deal.

sagum said,
chromecasting is part of miracast so the headline is correct, just using a brand name in place

Were you thinking of Plex? That has CC support. More and more apps are supporting CC since Google released the SDK for it.

techbeck said,

So he was wrong as I am sure you are at times. Big deal.

It was clearly a big enough deal for you to comment on, lol

No one really cares at this point, ones that do are busy chromecasting or apple mirroring, with the rest simply using DLNA to show pictures on a Smart TV/bluray player etc.

Provide support for those or maybe something useful so we don't have to buy yet another device for our limited number of HDMI sockets.

The fact that Windows 8 didn't come with screen casting is a shame in itself.

win8.1 has support for miracast built in, the issue is more with the majority of tv's...miracast is mosty in newer smart tv's, so the dongle will allow other decent lcd/led tv's to make use of the technology....

sagum said,
No one really cares at this point, ones that do are busy chromecasting or apple mirroring, with the rest simply using DLNA to show pictures on a Smart TV/bluray player etc.

Provide support for those or maybe something useful so we don't have to buy yet another device for our limited number of HDMI sockets.

The fact that Windows 8 didn't come with screen casting is a shame in itself.

Really? Support two proprietary standards instead of a widely available standard backed by wi-fi alliance?

Windows 8.1 comes with built-in miracasting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQo6fgJ6eqU

Windows phone 8.1 also has it.

sagum said,
No one really cares at this point, ones that do are busy chromecasting or apple mirroring,

Miracast is the way of the future. HDMI connections are history, chromecast will fail the same way chromebooks have, and apple mirroring? never heard of it, and I don't know anyone with an apple tablet either, another major failure I'd say.

Lets hope its range isn't horrible. I've yet to use a Miracast dongle that doesn't seem to crap itself if I'm more than 5 ft away from the receiver.

It's like Miracast device manu's don't realize that the entire world doesn't watch their devices in dorm rooms.

Also, I hope there is some sort of support in Threshold that allows you to project to the other screen and transform your touchscreen into a controller that can be dimmed/turned off.

dvb2000 said,
My WDTV live has Miracast and it works perfectly from my ASUS tablet more that 18 feet across the living room.
I'll have to consider getting one of those. The two I have purchased... suck.