Microsoft has announced it is to begin shipping a Bluetooth-enabled wireless mouse and keyboard solution by the end of the year. Bluetooth technology uses radio waves to eliminate the need for cables to link between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices.
The Microsoft product suite is expected to be available later this year and will include a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard, mouse and transceiver.
Bluetooth is an advanced radio technology that delivers improved range and reliability over other short-range wireless technologies. Further, it allows cable-free interaction with dozens of Bluetooth-enabled devices including PCs, PDAs, printers, mobile phones and input devices.
Bluetooth is the cable replacement technology of choice, said Darrell West, director of marketing for Hardware at Microsoft. This technology allows consumers to automatically connect — without wires — their Bluetooth-enabled devices to their PC. Microsoft is proud to be one of the first to introduce this technology.
Microsoft first joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) Inc. as a promoter group company in 1999. The company’s continued support of Bluetooth technology will complement its backing of other wireless technologies, including WiFi (802.11b) for wireless computer networking.
Other members of the Bluetooth SIG include 3Com, Agere Systems, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba.