Microsoft said that its next generation operating system (OS), Windows XP, will not initially support the next-generation wireless protocol, Bluetooth.
The OS will be available sometime in the second half of this year, but the software giant said it can't say when a Bluetooth-enabled update will ship.
The vendor is citing the slow development curve of the wireless standard as the main reason for its decision to put Bluetooth support on ice.
Bluetooth has suffered numerous hiccups along its development path so far because of a lack of standardisation. With so many companies working to their own guidelines on Bluetooth product development, interoperability between products is suffering.
A Microsoft spokeswoman acknowledged this, saying: "There is not sufficient quality or stable Bluetooth hardware available at the moment. The development of Bluetooth hasn't progressed as far as we would have hoped by now."
Microsoft confirmed that Bluetooth support would not be available for the 'out of the box' version of Windows XP that is due later this year. But the spokeswoman added that a Bluetooth-enabled version of the OS would not ship until "way, way into the future, we can't really say when".
The software company was adamant, however, that Bluetooth is still important to its XP strategy. "We're still a member of the Bluetooth focus group," said the spokeswoman. "We're still committed."
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