Bluetooth is an industry-standard protocol that enables wireless connectivity for computers, handheld devices, mobile phones, and other devices.

Where applicable

The Bluetooth application programming interface enables developers to use existing network programming knowledge to quickly develop or port applications.

Developer audience

Bluetooth is designed for use by C/C++ programmers. Some Bluetooth features are available with Windows Sockets. Familiarity with Microsoft Windows networking and Windows Sockets programming is required.

Run-time requirements

Microsoft Bluetooth support begins with Windows XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Support for Bluetooth 2.1 is offered in Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7.

In this section



General information about Bluetooth.


Information about using Bluetooth.


Reference documentation for Bluetooth.


Additional resources

Bluetooth Wireless Technology FAQInformation about Bluetooth wireless technology support for Windows operating systems, focusing primarily on Windows Vista.
Windows Vista Wireless SDK ForumDiscuss Bluetooth implementation in relation to Windows Vista.
Windows XP Wireless SDK ForumDiscuss Bluetooth implementation in relation to Windows XP.