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Connectivity is really a prerequisite for modern computing. Users really want all their experiences to be supported by connectivity. With the development of various technologies, connection possibilities have exploded. Users have moved from dial-up to broadband access, from wired to wireless, and Wi-Fi has merged with broadband.
The personal computer is also under development. It’s lighter, thinner and more personal now, with an all-day Internet connection and with Windows 8, the new touch experience is in our hands.
Application developers around the world have also responded to user needs and desires by creating a new era of applications that harness the full power of the mobile PC. At the same time, users have responded by using the connectivity options available to them. Connectivity with mobile broadband and wireless really holds a lot of promise for mobile PCs, but also with all these developments and all these advances, there are a lot of problems like the high costs of creating, maintaining software and drivers, the difficulties in finding and installing software and drivers and the confusing connection management user interface.
Windows 8 promises to solve all these connection problems. With simplified ease of use, intelligent network management and a robust differentiation platform, Windows 8 makes connection easy.
Windows 8 comes with Simplified Windows Connection Manager Experience. No additional driver installation with the Mobile Broadband Class driver is required. He integrated mobile operator account management and one-stop radio management experience. It enables efficient data usage in mobile broadband networks while increasing user awareness and keeping the system under control.
Let’s say I use a Wi-Fi network and when I’m out of range and I start using a measured broadband mobile network. Cost-effective APIs allow the Metro application to be notified that the cost of the underlying network has changed, and the application can then adjust its behavior to use less data on the network and on the measured network.
Many of the mobile broadband plans have data ceilings. Windows 8 is therefore capable of receiving notifications from operators when a certain threshold of the upper limit is reached. Upon receiving these notifications, Windows 8 will adjust its own behavior, such as downloading Windows updates, and can also inform Metro applications that they can continue and eventually switch to a less data-intensive operating mode.
Connection Manager Component automatically turns off any network adapter that is not in use. Windows 8 has a class driver for mobile broadband based on a standard developed in the USB Implementers forum. This standard is called NCM 2.0. Microsoft has worked with several other industry partners to develop the standard.
The class driver works with any mobile broadband adapter that supports this NCM 2.0 standard, and if such adapters are in the machine, the class driver takes care of connecting all drivers, thus ensuring basic connectivity.
In addition to all these features, Windows 8 has one intelligent power management system. In fact, Windows 8 keeps the network connected all the time. Using Wi-Fi poses a serious problem with noisy data packets that constantly interrupt the CPU when the system is idle. The download feature is built into the Wi-Fi to keep the network connected while the CPU is in deep sleep mode. The Wi-Fi device supports thrust notification alarm models, which increases battery life.
To test all the practical features and create and test cool Metro applications, download Windows 8 Developer Preview