Nowadays, every news coming from Microsoft camp tells us that the company has changed its attitude towards its competitors. Rather its becoming ‘frenemy’ with them. Last week the company outed the Universal Mobile Keyboard, compatible with iOS and Android. This week, company is launching yet another (almost) universally compatible Wireless Display Adapter.
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter or WDA in short, is a direct competition to Google’s Chromecast. Unlike Chromecast, which requires apps to integrate support for it, WDA mirrors literally everything on your phone’s screen. So be it movies, photos or presentation, you can show it all on the big screen. Microsoft is using Miracast protocol for screen mirroring, so any Miracast certified device would easily work with WDA. Another difference between the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter and Google Chromecast is that the later streams content from Internet while the former relies on your smartphone or tablet for the content. You can multi-task as well with WDA.
Wireless Display Adapter has two connectors, HDMI and USB. HDMI is used to display content on your TV while USB is used to power the device. And yeah, WDA is not as good looking as Chromecast. Again, it works with any Miracast certified device, this includes Android too. On pricing too Chromecast and WDA differ, with the former coming in for $35 and later will set you back by $60. It’s already up for pre-order with Mircosoft Store in U.S and Canada but the general availalibilty is scheduled for October. It’ll be available at BestBuy and Microsoft retail outlets too. So if you’re to get either of Chromecast and WDA, what would be your choice? Would you shell out few bucks more for universal compatibility?