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September 12, 2014

Microsoft release own Chromecast well, sort of….


Microsoft and Nokia have unveiled a new media streaming gadget

So let us introduce to you……..wait for it…. the “Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones HD-10” (Yes you read it right, that’s what it is called). The small gadget connects via HDMI and microUSB (like the Chromecast) to a big screen TV.

“Simply tap your NFC-enabled Lumia against it and it’s instantly connected,”explains Nokia in a press release accompanying the product announcement at this week’s IFA

Microsoft-Screen-SharingWindows Phone users can then wirelessly beam content from select Lumia handsets, the Lumia 730 dual sim, Lumia 735 and the Lumia 830, to the big screen, fuss free.

In fact, anything that can be viewed on a Windows Phone screen can be mirrored on a TV — be it videos, Xbox games, photos or office documents.

Is it really a Chromecast Killer

Aimed at Lumia smartphones with screen projection support and NFC, the device should, in theory, also support other Wi-Fi certified Miracast devices (providing they can pair up) on other operating systems.

But is it a Chromecast killer? we don’t think so. In fact, it’s barely in a position to threaten, much less kill Google’s versatile media stick. With a $79 price tag the Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones HD-10 is by no-means a Chromecast killer.

Chromecast can display content beamed from desktop apps, from mobile apps on iOS and Android, and from any Chrome web browser. Even the latest nightly builds of Firefox for Android support casting of select content. Its flexibility and wide ranging support is key.

Despite the press trumpeting, Microsoft’s attempt is best viewed as an ‘add-on’ accessory for Windows Phone users rather than a compelling lure for those outside the ecosystem. One of the press is pitching as a potential ‘Chromecast Killer’! A wee bit over-the-top creative writing.

The ‘Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones HD-10′ devices goes on sale in black and white versions later this month priced at $79. We do not know when or even if it will be available in the UK or what price it will be.

Source: Nokia

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini