PCPro's list of requested Windows 8 improvements - Network Awareness

PCPro’s list of requested Windows 8 improvements – Network Awareness

PCPro the UK website just put out a fantastic list of their suggestions for improvements that Microsoft could make for Windows 8.

Here are the ones I agree with:


Network Awareness

Microsoft wants us to leave Automatic Updates on by default, but anyone who moves around different networks will have experienced the perils of that tactic.

On your home Wi-Fi and cable broadband a big update is fine, but when you’re sat in a coffee shop and paying by the minute, or on a beach using a mobile dongle, Windows taking the initiative and trying to download 137MB of non-critical fixes is more than just annoying – it can be downright expensive.

It surely can’t be too complex to assign categories to different networks, setting the home or office Wi-Fi to full access, but ensuring your laptop asks your permission before beginning a background download on an uncategorised network.

Makes total sense…


Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems. In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com).

  • Guest

    it’s a great idea, hope it will be true.

  • TerryCharters

    Erm, isnt it already there with the option to ‘notify but dont download’ without trying to over-complicate and make things more messy……..