November 12, 2013 1:47 pm

Projecting to Wireless Displays with Miracast in Windows 8.1

The typical IT pro often carries around a variety of display connectors during the course of a day. I, for example, would carry one connector for Mini DisplayPort to VGA, a separate one for Mini to HDMI, and yet another for, well, you get the picture right?

I can personally tell you that as I move around the Microsoft campus here in Redmond, my bag has lightened as of the Windows 8.1 launch. In addition to the other great Windows 8.1 capabilities we highlighted in this blog to date, is the ability to now wirelessly project without worrying about proprietary technologies, network access, and different display cables and adapters. With Windows 8.1, you can now simply project to a wireless display with Miracast and leave the connectors behind.

As noted in What’s New in Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals, Miracast is a wireless technology you can use to project your PC screen to TVs, projectors, and streaming media players that also support Miracast. This makes it easier than ever to share what you’re doing on your PC on a larger display for a group, present a slide show, or even play your favorite game on a larger screen up to full 1080p and in stereo. Depending on your needs, you can duplicate you primary display or extend it, giving you a multi-monitor experience or, for example, allowing you to use Microsoft PowerPoint in Presenter View on your PC while displaying the presentation to a larger audience on the big screen.

A great resource for more information is the recent blog post by Billy Anders, Group Program Manager for Wireless and Mobility at Microsoft. In Windows 8.1 on your big screen with Miracast, Billy steps through everything from the very basics (what you need and how to use it) to the complete ins and outs of how it works. Billy’s blog post also features a link to an exclusive deal available from Actiontec for their ScreenBeam Pro receiver. If you choose to take advantage of the ScreenBeam Pro promotion, be sure to visit the Windows Store to download the ScreenBeam Pro Utility that helps you keep your ScreenBeam Pro up to date and configured to meet your needs.

That said, it’s pretty easy to start exploring the improved wireless display capabilities in Windows 8.1 for yourself. Check out the short tutorials on how to connect, how to project, and the requirements for existing and new devices today on the Windows site.

This blog post is part of a series of guest posts we’re publishing in the coming weeks from Windows 8.1 experts across Microsoft. – Ben

Craig Ashley
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Windows Commercial

Updated November 8, 2014 1:44 am

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