Bluetooth LE MIDI support comes to Windows 10

BLE for your Win 10 device.
BLE for your Win 10 device.

Microsoft has announced it will be rolling out Bluetooth LE MIDI support in the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 for mobile, tablet and PC devices.

This newer standard of the Bluetooth protocol aids battery life when you're using supported accessories that don't continuously stream data (such as MIDI keyboards and controllers). It's been native to Apple devices for some time now (since iOS 8 and OSX 10.10).

Many new audio enhancements were included in Windows 10, including lower latency on mobile and tablet devices. There was also a new UWP MIDI API, which works with all recognised MIDI devices.

Aware that some DAWs are still built on the Win32 platform, Microsoft has also added a Win32 wrapper for the Windows 10 UWP MIDI API. The Win32 Wrapper aims to smooth out the challenges encountered when coding with multiple languages, and is designed to make things easier for developers.

If you'd like to know more then check out Windows/PAX Principal Program Manager Pete Brown's blog.

Simon Arblaster
Video Producer & Reviews Editor

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.