Connectivity is an indispensable factor for modern computing experience. Various options of connectivity have come up in the last couple of years with the evolution of technology. For instance, we see people moving from dial-up connections to broadband connections, from fixed wired to wireless and Wi-Fi merged into Broadband connection and so on.
Application developers in this era have responded splendidly to the requirements and aspirations of users by creating such applications that make use of the mobile PC power to the maximum. Users too responded to this simultaneously by using the available connectivity options to the maximum. Wireless connections and mobile broadband connections hold a lot of promises to mobile PC. Although these advantages and evolutions are in place, a lot of other hassles like software and driver maintenance, high building costs, difficulty in finding and installing driver and software, confusing connection management UI etc pertains.
Windows 8 comes as a savior
Now, with the advent of Windows 8, all these connectivity hassles are going to the bin, promises Windows 8. Windows 8 makes the Connectivity task a piece of cake with simplified user experiences, robust platform for differentiation and smart network management. There will be a simplified and compact Windows Connection Manager in Windows 8, which shall not require any additional Windows 8 drivers with Mobile broadband class driver. It presents Integrated Mobile Operator account management and One Windows radio management experience. On mobile broadband networks, it makes efficient usage of data while, at the same time, making aware the user and controlling the system.
Data caps are accompanied with most of the mobile broadband plans and in Windows 8, when certain threshold cap limit is reached, notifications will come in from operators. Once in receipt of these notifications, Windows 8 will adjust itself from downloading Windows updates and automatic network activities and inform Metro applications that they should switch to less data intensive operation mode. Any network adapters those are not in use are automatically turned off by the Connection Manager component in Windows 8. There is a class driver for mobile broadband in Windows 8 based on a standard developed at USB Implementers forum. These Windows 8 drivers will work will work with those mobile broadband adapters that support NCM 2.0 standard.
So that was some news on Windows 8 connection manager features. Thank you!