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.
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.