Today on the Windows Blog, we announced the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter , a brilliant accessory that lets you wirelessly project whatever is on your Surface – along with audio – to an HDTV, projector, or monitor. It will make your Surface an even more powerful tool for sharing and collaboration.
The ways you would use such a product are easy to imagine. You can to flip through photos or watch videos with your family on the living room TV. You can connect it to the TV in a hotel room and use it to project content for a meeting or to stream video from your Surface when you have some down-time.
This weekend, my son had a party where he created a custom jeopardy game and used the Wireless Display Adapter to play it on the TV in our playroom. He could wander around in full game-show-host mode using my Surface Pro 3 while the other kids viewed all the excitement on the big screen. If you interact with kids or teenagers, you know that they never get together without at least once crowding around a phone to laugh at a video. Having a Wireless Display Adapter connected to a living room TV is a great way to open the group up and let everyone really see and hear at the same time.
Using the Wireless Display Adapter is very easy. It uses an HDMI port and USB port on your TV, projector or monitor. The USB connection is to power the device – there is no power cord to plug in and no extra wire to manage through the wall if your TV is mounted. To get your content up on the big screen, simply swipe in from the right and select “Devices,” then “Project,” and select the Wireless Display Adapter (you’ll be prompted to pair it the first time you connect). Unlike a lot of products designed to stream content to your TV, you don’t need to think about whether the app you’re using supports streaming. If you see something on your Surface, you can see it on the big screen.
The Wireless Display Adapter will work with Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 2, as well as any Miracast-enabled PC or phone, including Android devices running Android 4.2.1 and later. It is available for pre-order now in Canada and the United States for $59.95 and will be available in October from Microsoft Stores and Best Buy.