How Windows 8 Embraced Broadband Connect Quickly?


The thrill that came with the launch of Windows 8 has vacillated. Yet the excitement of tech junkies seems to liven up every time they learn a whole new advantage that they can seize from this operating system.

One of the news that once again set the enthusiasm of the public ablaze is Windows 8’s integration of broadband connection – mobile broadband to be exact.


A new-fangled connection


Windows 8 was introduced with a promise of easier Wi-Fi management along with more simplified mobile connections. Billy Anders, Microsoft’s program manager and head of networking team, initially published a blog that details the improvement of wireless connectivity with the new OS.

From this specific post, Anders laid out the system that can integrate mobile broadband along with the traditional Wi Fi connectivity for an enhanced wireless experience. Windows 7 carried the same potential, but there were several hitches in the old OS that needed to be addressed. This includes the connection via mobile device and other third-party drivers and software.

Microsoft 8 was successful in eliminating this major roadblock. The company collaborated with Broadband Expert and other hardware partners to craft a universal driver that can suit any mobile devices. It also erased the necessity to install additional drivers and software.

Where they have gone right?


What’s notable about Window 8‘s compatibility to broadband connection is the inclusion of new network settings that allow users to de-activate connectivity features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and mobile broadband either one at a time or altogether. Users can also turn them off using the new airplane mode.

As such, this native radio management system possibly eliminates potential conflicts and internal confusion which often occur whenever a third-party device is added in the connection. Needless to say, Windows 8 work much like current smartphones. The connection manager control is set to detect trusted Wi-Fi devices that are within range. It prioritizes this connection, thereby setting the default automatic activation of mobile broadband when Wi-Fi is unavailable.

After connecting to a Wi-Fi network, the device will disconnect from mobile broadband and eventually attempts to cut off the power exhausted by the device. This helps users get around glitches and even save significant amount of battery life.

Plus, Windows 8’s broadband connection settings help users avoid unexpected sky-rocketing bills from connection providers. Note that failing to manage connection results to consuming excessive amount of data which later translates to fat fees. Windows broadband connection can delay windows update until the device have connected successfully through a non-metered outlet like Wi-Fi. Connection manager can even show the estimated data usage and provide suggestions on how users can cut down their mobile data consumption.

And by the looks of it, Windows 8 had pleased majority of netizens not only for its built-in support for mobile broadband devices, but also with its assistance on use of metered Internet connections.

How does this work?


Windows 8 can automatically detect a mobile broadband carrier based on the device and SIM. It then configures the settings to connect to the account.

Those who don’t have data plans can use the connect button, which can take them to their choice of carrier along with a list of options for signup.

After connection, the OS can show the data counter that can help users monitor their consumption. With easier usage and bill shock around, Windows 8 can only be said to remain superior in the market in the next few years.
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