Windows 10 is getting Windows 7’s Bluetooth feature

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Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update) reintroduces support
for Bluetooth A2DP sink, which allows users to stream music
from phone to PC speakers over Bluetooth connection.

Back in the old days, Windows 7 supported Bluetooth A2DP sink,
which allowed you to receive audio from other Bluetooth devices
and stream music from your Bluetooth-powered phone to speakers
of the PC.

While Windows 10 still supports Bluetooth A2DP, it does not act
as a sink and you cannot stream audio from your phone to the
desktop. Microsoft disabled A2DP sink capabilities with Windows
8 and it doesn’t
work anymore, but that’s soon going to change.

With Windows 10 May 2020 Update, Microsoft is adding back
support for Bluetooth A2DP sink.

In a support doc uncovered by us, Microsoft has confirmed that
you can configure Windows 10 version 2004 to behave like a
Bluetooth speaker and you can still hear audio from the phone.
You can also use the wired headphones connected to the PC as
the remote audio source.

Microsoft says that Windows 10 now uses the underlying
Bluetooth components in the OS to process remote audio sources
and play it on the computer’s audio endpoints such as the
speakers or wired headphones/earphones.

A2DP Sink

The Bluetooth A2DP sink support would remain disabled by
default and it needs to be managed by apps, which are
responsible for remote audio streams.

“The AudioPlaybackConnection class is used to enable and
disable connections from a remote device as well as to create
the connection, allowing remote audio playback to begin,” the
company stated.

As we reported recently,
Windows 10’s May 2020 Update is expected to roll out
between May 26 and May 28. The May 2020 Update introduces many
other improvements for consumers, enterprises and even
developers.

For instance, the update includes a new version of Windows
Subsystem for Linux (WS), which offers its own isolated Linux
kernel. The real Linux kernel would become a part of Windows 10
and it will run on a thin version of the Hyper-V hypervisor,
which can be serviced with security fixes via Windows Updates.

The WSL 2’s new virtualization is similar to Windows Sandbox
and it allows Windows and Linux to share the same resources to
avoid performance issues

In addition,
Windows 10 version 2004 finally brings support for WDDM 2.7
and it will improve frame rates, reduce latency in some games.
WDDM 2.7 also brings support for video playback improvement and
fixes for multi-monitor configuration.



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