Microsoft discontinues Wi-Fi

By : |May 12, 2004 0

SEATTLE: Microsoft Corp. said it will discontinue most of its wireless hardware products in order to “refocus” in line with its role as the world’s largest software maker.

Microsoft launched its Wi-Fi hardware business in late 2002, saying it wanted to make wireless networking and access to the Internet more accessible.

“We feel that we have achieved those goals,” said a Microsoft spokeswoman.

Microsoft is pulling the plug on about a dozen products in its wireless line-up, which included networking hubs, wireless cards for laptops and adapters for personal computers.

A Wi-Fi adapter for Microsoft’s Xbox video game console, however, will remain on the market, the Redmond, Washington, company said.

Microsoft said current wireless products on store shelves, including its recently launched line of high-speed products, will continue to be sold. Warranties will remain valid on new products for two years from the date of purchase, Microsoft said.

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