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Microsoft drops Bluetooth

Over claims that Bluetooth technology is unreliable, Microsoft has dropped its support and will not include the technology in Windows XP.

Microsoft is backing off from its support of Bluetooth technology and will not include the technology with Windows XP.

Microsoft was an initial supporter of Bluetooth, joining the Bluetooth Special Interest Group in December 1999, six months after the group was formed. Microsoft points to the unreliability of the technology and lack of available Bluetooth hardware as reasons it has stepped down its support.

Bluetooth is a personal area technology meant to eliminate cables within a workplace. The short-range radio technology allows users to maintain a wireless connection while in range of a Bluetooth receptor.

The technology, which has seen its share of problems ranging from silicon shortages to slow product rollout, is still supported by a fair amount of companies. 3Com, for example, says it is developing and launching its Bluetooth PC cards due out midyear.

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