Microsoft Corp. has decided to stop producing wireless networking products and will discontinue its range of gear using the 802.11b wireless networking standard, also known by the Wi-Fi marketing name, the company announced Tuesday.
“Microsoft is scaling back its presence in the category,” a Microsoft spokeswoman in the U.K. said. The spokeswoman declined to comment on why the Redmond, Washington, company was exiting the Wi-Fi field.
Microsoft will sell the remaining Wi-Fi products it currently has in stock, and the company will support its existing products through their two-year warranty period, though service beyond that time frame will not be offered, she said.
The software giant first entered the Wi-Fi market in 2002.