Look out, Chromecast. Microsoft has stepped into the ring with a wireless display dongle of its own. The catchily named Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter plugs into HDMI TVs and projectors, and it streams content from Miracast-enabled PCs and mobile devices:
Here's Microsoft's pitch:
All you need to do is plug the USB end and HDMI end of the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter into an HDTV, monitor or projector. Then select the right input on your TV, pair it with your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and you’ll be ready to go. Then just wirelessly project your screen from your Miracast-enabled device. It’s that simple. Depending on your device, you can have it mirror exactly what’s being shown on the screen of your device or extend its screen. Because the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter uses Miracast technology, you’re not limited to certain apps or content streaming. It’ll show anything and everything from your device!
And here's a hip marketing video that shows the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter in action:
Apparently, the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter comes from a parallel universe where teens aren't automatically shunned for owning a Windows Phone. Also, in that universe, Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is an acceptable name for a consumer product, and consumers actually know whether their PC, tablet, or phone supports Miracast. (What, you don't know? Relax. This 93-page list will help.)
On second thought, the Chromecast is probably safe. Microsoft will charge $59.95 for the Wireless Display Adapter when it becomes available on October 31, but you can get the Google dongle for $35 today, and it works pretty much any Wi-Fi-enabled Windows, iOS, or Android system.