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Windows 8 to boast instant-on WiFi & mobile broadband support

Microsoft has recently started talking about some features which Windows 8 will offer out-of-the-box, today we will tell you all about two great features which should ensure that connecting to the Internet is as quick and easy as possible.

Firstly we will talk about support for mobile broadband. Microsoft claim that Windows 8 will offer native support for mobile broadband and offer the kind of integration which we see in today’s smartphones, Windows Update will keep drivers used for mobile broadband up-to-date, whilst the Windows Store will automatically download the correct mobile operator’s app. Prior to this Windows 7 and older Microsoft operating systems required manual installation of connection managers.

Below we have embedded two images, on the left you can see Windows 8 connected to Vodafone UK mobile broadband, as you can see it also keeps track of your mobile data usage which will be a great way of ensuring you don’t go over your monthly allowance. On the right you can see that you can turn mobile broadband on and off much like you can on a smartphone.

Something else which Windows 8 will offer is instant-on wireless connections, when you bring a Windows 7 (or prior) operating system out of standby it often takes a while to reconnect to a wireless network, however things will be much faster when using Windows 8. The image below clearly shows that reconnecting to a wireless network on Windows 8 should take roughly 1 second, which is far faster than a Windows 7 computer which takes roughly 12 seconds. Microsoft claim that once your display has come out of standby you will already be connected to a wirelesss network, how cool is that?

Obviously these features won’t be important enough to determine the success of Windows 8, but its small things like this which come together with other improvements to make the platform a hit. If you head over to you can find out more about the WiFi and mobile broadband features, what else would you like Windows 8 to offer native support for?

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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