Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
5,933 Reviews & Articles | 38,224 News Posts

Windows 8 will include simplified wireless connectivity configuration

Windows 8 will make mobile broadband and wireless connections easier to set up

| Operating Systems News | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 6:28 am

Windows 8 is set to make it easier than ever for users to manage their Wi-Fi and mobile connections, with group program manager on Microsoft's devices and networking team, Billy Anders, publishing a post on Microsoft's Building Windows 8 blog, that outlines steps taken to improve the wireless connectivity experience.


TweakTown image news/2/2/22393_06_windows_8_will_include_simplified_wireless_connectivity_configuration.jpg


Mobile broadband is being integrated alongside standard Wi-Fi in Windows 8. In Windows 7, it was included, but there were several steps required to be taken before the mobile device could connect, such as installing third-party drivers and software. Microsoft are removing that annoying step, by working with mobile broadband hardware partners to develop a universal driver that will work with all mobile devices and eliminate the need for additional drivers or software.


Windows 8 will include a new networks settings menu that allows you to turn off individual radios (Bluetooth, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi) or disable them all at once with the new airplane mode. This native radio management is said to eliminate conflicts and confusion that is often introduced when third-party manufacturers add their own connection software.



Microsoft's connection manager is said to attempt to give priority to trusted Wi-Fi devices, when within range, only defaulting to mobile broadband should there not be Wi-Fi available. Once connected to a Wi-Fi network, the application will disconnect your mobile broadband connection and in some cases, even power down the device, saving even more battery life.


Another nifty feature built-in for the mobile broadband control, is that Windows 8 will not let Windows Update download and install updates. Instead, it [your device] will have to be connected to a non-metered outlet like Wi-Fi or Ethernet.


Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Operating Systems news at our Operating Systems news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Post a Comment about this news

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

TweakTown Web Poll

Question: Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR will...

Improve Oculus Rift Development

Hamper Oculus Rift Development

Completely destroy Oculus Rift Development

Let's wait and see, I'm not sure

or View the Results

View More Polls

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases