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The wireless control devices and the Bluetooth transceiver should be available in the second half of this year, Microsoft said, adding that it will continue to offer its existing 27MHz wireless keyboard and mouse products as a lower-cost alternative to Bluetooth. The announcement was made at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference.
The Bluetooth transceiver, which connects to the PC using a USB connection, can function as a hub for up to seven Bluetooth-enabled devices. These devices can be up to 30 feet (9 metres) away from the hub.
To help hardware makers and software developers building Bluetooth-compatible devices that work with Windows XP, Microsoft plans to release a Bluetooth software development kit in May, the company said.