Microsoft Brings Bluetooth to the Desktop
Microsoft's Bluetooth-compatible keyboard and mouse will be available across the United States by November, the company announced Tuesday.
The transceiver connects to the PC via a USB connection, and can link it to other Bluetooth devices such as personal digital assistants and printers.
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that allows devices to interact without cables. A Bluetooth mobile phone could be used as a modem for a laptop or a desktop PC linked wirelessly to a printer in another room, Microsoft says. The transceiver has a range of up to 30 feet, the company says.
Microsoft last month released the software necessary to develop Bluetooth products that will
Microsoft's Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth will cost $159 and includes support for the Windows XP operating system. The Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth, together with a transceiver, will cost $84.95, Microsoft says.
The Redmond, Washington-based company says it hopes the Wireless Optical Desktop will be the catalyst that makes the