If your device comes with a Bluetooth module, then you can use it with a wide range of wireless peripherals. It will allow you to pair your laptop or tablet with a bunch of devices like a mobile phone, wireless keyboards, mice, headsets and other tablets and laptops.
Bluetooth hardware can be embedded in your device's motherboard or it can be installed as an internal module inside the device. Bluetooth transmitters exist as an external device which can be connected to a USB port.
Starting with Windows 10 Windows 10 April 2018 Update, the OS allows pairing and connecting supported devices with just one click. When such a device is ready to pair and present in the Bluetooth transmitter's range, click on the notification toast to proceed.
Besides the quick pair feature, the Bluetooth stack in Windows 10 version 1803 was upgraded from version 4.2 to version 5.0, which included plenty of new protocols. See the following table.
|Windows 10 Fall Creators Update||Windows 10 April 2018 update|
|Windows 10 supports Bluetooth version 4.1 and the following Bluetooth user profiles:||Windows 10 (Version 1803) supports Bluetooth version 5.0 and the following Bluetooth user profiles:|
|Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP 1.2)||Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP 1.2)|
|Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.3)||Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.6.1)|
|Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP 1.2)|
|Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol Target (AVCTP 1.4)|
|Battery Service over GATT Profile (1.0)|
|Bluetooth LE Generic Attribute (GATT) Client||Bluetooth LE Generic Attribute (GATT) Client|
|Bluetooth LE Generic Attribute (GATT) Server||Bluetooth LE Generic Attribute (GATT) Server|
|Bluetooth Network Encapsulation Protocol (BNEP 1.0)|
|Device ID Profile (DI 1.3)||Device ID Profile (DID 1.3)|
|Device Information Service over GATT Profile (DIS 1.1)|
|Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN 1.1)||Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN 1.1)|
|Generic Access Profile (GAP)|
|Generic Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP 1.2)|
|Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6)||Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6)|
|Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile (HCRP 1.0)||Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile (HCRP 1.2)|
|HID over GATT Profile (HOGP 1.0)||HID over GATT Profile (HOGP 1.0)|
|Human Interface Device (HID 1.1)||Human Interface Device (HID 1.1)|
|Human Interface Device Service (HIDS)|
|Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol (L2CAP)|
|Object Push Profile (OPP 1.1)||Object Push Profile (OPP 1.1)|
|Personal Area Networking User Profile (PANU 1.0)||Personal Area Networking User Profile (PANU 1.0)|
|RFCOMM (1.1 with TS 07.10)|
|Scan Parameters Profile Client over GATT Profile (ScPP 2.1)|
|Security Manager Protocol (SMP)|
|Serial Port Profile (SPP 1.2)||Serial Port Profile (SPP 1.2)|
|Service Discovery Protocol (SDP)|
The items in bold are new to version 1803 or updated from their previous versions.
Windows 10 build 17134 is the final version of Windows April 2018 Update. It includes features like Timeline, Focus Assist, a brand new Xbox Game Bar, Dictation and text suggestions for the physical keyboard, etc. Its complete change log can be found here:
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