Windows 8 Optimizes Internet Connection
Windows 8 makes it easier for its users to manage connection be it Wi-Fi or mobile. Billy Anders, Microsoft’s devices and networking team, published a post on the Building Windows 8 blog that outlines the moves taken to improve wireless connectivity.
In Windows 8, mobile broadband is integrated alongside traditional Wi-Fi for a wireless experience. This was included first in Windows 7, but there were lots of problems needed to overcome before connecting through a mobile device such as third party drivers and software. To eliminate this hurdle, Microsoft cooperated with mobile broadband hardware partners in developing a universal driver.
Microsoft developed new networks settings menu that allows users to turn off individual radios (Bluetooth, mobile, broadband, Wi-Fi) or disable them all at once once the airplane mode is hit up. This native radio management helps eliminate conflicts and entanglements that is introduced by third party manufacturers adding their own connection software.
Like smartphones, Microsoft’s connection manager will attempt to give priority to trusted Wi-Fi devices in range. Only defaulting to mobile broadband when Wi-Fi is not available. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the application will disconnect from the mobile broadband and power down the device, hence saving battery life.
To avoid additional bills from your mobile provider, Windows delays its updates until you are connected through a non-metered outlet like Wi-Fi. The system will also attempt to connect users to popular Wi-Fi hotspots using WISPr, EAP-SIM / AKA / AKA Prime and EAP-TTLS authentication types. The connection manager also includes suggestions in saving up your mobile data usage.