Microsoft Discontinuing Wi-Fi Products

Microsoft will no longer make wireless networking gear, but says it will continue to support existing products.

Microsoft Corp. will sell through its line of broadband wireless access products, after which the technology will be phased out.

Products like the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Kit will still be sold and supported, a Microsoft representative said, and Microsoft will continue to honor its warranties. But stocks of the entire 802.11g wireless product line, consisting of a base station, notebook adapter, PCI card, and USB adapter will not be replaced once they leave store shelves, she said.

Microsoft, which has heavily invested in personal input technology like mice and keyboards, "felt they ... achieved what they needed to," the Microsoft representative said. The company set out to "raise the bar on the wireless experience," she said.

Microsoft entered the wireless market in September 2002 to spur adoption of broadband within the home and small office environment, the company said at the time.

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