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Microsoft improves Bluetooth audio support on Windows 10

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Written by Guillaume
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A recurring criticism made against Windows should soon no longer be necessary, the Bluetooth begins its mutation.

Little by little, we are becoming aware of all the new features planned by Microsoft teams for future developments of Windows 10 and the Sun Valley Update should bring considerable benefits to the operating system. Also known as 21H2, this update should land during the fall of 2021 and it has, for example, already been discussed to review the presentation of the taskbar, including its notification area, or to dissociate as much as possible this same taskbar from the file explorer.

Today, Mayank Parmar on Windows Latest presents us with another project related to Sun Valley, the audio features and especially Bluetooth on Windows 10. Thus the preview build 21370 - intended only for subscribers to the Windows Insiders program - incorporates some new features, including compatibility with the Bluetooth codec. Very popular - especially on Apple platforms - it will allow you to broadcast to compatible headphones or earphones directly from Windows 10.

In addition, Microsoft wants to simplify the use of Bluetooth on its operating system. As you can see from the illustration above, it's no longer a question of having multiple audio sources: Windows now only displays one audio endpoint when you click on the small speaker in the system interface. The idea is that Windows 10 will then take care of switching between listening to Spotify, for example, and a meeting on Teams and Zoom.

These two features - which will undoubtedly be added later - should logically make the use of a Bluetooth device on Windows 10 simpler and more intuitive. It's not surprising to see Microsoft looking at this issue when it has been marketing Surface Headphones and Surface Earbuds for not so long.