A few days ago we told you about Windows 8 boasting built-in support for mobile networks and connecting to wireless networks in 1 second, now we have found out about other neat features which are built into Microsoft’s next operating system.
Windows 8 will allow you to control many aspects of Internet bandwidth and connectivity options, for example if you are in range of a wireless network which you have connected to before the device will automatically recognize this and use it instead of mobile broadband – this will help ensure that people do not inadvertently incur overage charges from mobile data carriers.
Below we will show you two screenshots which show you just how seriously Microsoft takes bandwidth in Windows 8, the screenshot on the right shows you how the OS calculates estimated usage for you without having to install specific connection managers (we saw this in our last Windows 8 post), whilst on the right you can see the new task manager keeps track of data usage for individual applications.
According to TomsHardware we can configure a wide-range of bandwidth specific settings in Windows 8 and developers will be able to utilize APIs to build similar functionality into applications, simple examples of things consumers can modify include only allowing non-critical updates to download via certain connection types. App developers will be able to configure apps to run differently depending on the connection type, for example if you are connected to home broadband apps will offer high-definition video streams and full synchronization, however whilst connected to mobile data you could force low-definition video stream and part-syncs of data.
Apparently all Metro style apps in the Windows Store must utilze these APIs if they connect to the Internet, this suggest that Microsoft will be taking data usage very seriously this time around – it will be very interesting to see the intuitive ways in which developers utilize these APIs.
As long as mobile data plans stay relevant all of these Windows 8 features will be greatly welcomed by consumers, as and when we hear more exciting news about Windows 8 we will keep you posted – What else would you like to see built into Windows 8?
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