Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
Intel and Microsoft this week announced they are developing a road map to provide native support of the Bluetooth wireless technology for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system during the first half of 2001. The companies are also working on a standard method for PC platforms to interface with the Bluetooth technology that the PC industry can implement in their products.
Bluetooth technology enable will users to connect a wide range of computing and telecommunications devices, cameras, video and audio devices easily and simply, without the need to buy, carry, or connect cables.
Intel is currently developing the initial Bluetooth software, which will enable early adopters to deliver products to the marketplace. Intel and Microsoft will also be working with the industry to help deliver new solutions to customers when the Microsoft implementation becomes available.
Microsoft will be able to provide a true plug-and-play user experience in the first half of 2001 by implementing an architecture based on the WinSock programming model.
As announced at the Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference in April, Microsoft will be providing hardware and software support for Bluetooth hardware designs and applications that will take advantage of Bluetooth wireless technology.
Intel, Microsoft, IBM Corp. and Toshiba Corp. all hold Promoter group membership status within the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and are working together to define PC implementation for Bluetooth technology. The Bluetooth SIG currently consists of more than 2,000 member companies that are developing Bluetooth products.
More information on Bluetooth can be found in the Bluetooth FAQ.
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