For those of us that lead very mobile lifestyles, we need a network solution that goes beyond cords or WIFI. That’s were mobile broadband comes in, unfortunately as network speeds increase, it has become much more common to have caps put in place that restrict usage.
While this isn’t so bad for those with smartphones that monitor usage, it can become a dreadful burden on your pocket book when it comes to using mobile broadband with Windows.
Luckily, Windows 8 is finally going to solve this problem for good. This time around Windows 8 will no longer treat mobile broadband connections the same as any old Internet connection.
Microsoft won’t push updates onto the mobile broadband connection unless you specifically ask them to (unless its a major critical fix), additionally if a WIFI connection becomes available it will automatically float over to that in order to slow down your usage of mobile data.
There will also be a simple data counter that shows total usage of data minutes, and more importantly, a new Windows Task Manager addition called “App History” that includes how much data applications are actually using, giving you even more control over managing the amount of data you use.
These features are certainly worth applauding Microsoft over, as they finally give Redmond a very strong edge when it comes to managing today’s highly mobile lifestyle. While features like these aren’t exactly ‘epic’ nor hard to add, it is the little things that will really set the Microsoft Windows 8 experience apart from the ‘run of the mill’ experience that most of us have come to expect from Windows.
While the data management is a great start, it doesn’t exactly guarantee that Windows 8 is going to be a smash hit on the mobile scene. So what’s my biggest concern regarding Windows 8 and the mobile crowd (tablets, laptops, etc)?
Windows 8 IS a desktop OS. I know, I know, Microsoft has worked to optimize touch-technology in order to target the tablet market. Still, Windows 8 is based on the bloated core that is Windows NT, and no I’m NOT criticizing Windows or NT. The truth is that Windows has evolved into a very capable OS, still it is designed to run on higher-end hardware.
Both Android and iOS were built from the ground-up for the mobile platform, meaning they work hard to minimize the usage of resources. Can Microsoft take an OS that is inherently more resource greedy and make it shine on mobile hardware? Or will only the most cutting-edge ARM processors function properly with Windows 8 on ARM?
Still, from what we’ve seen they are at a great start. We have a new UI (Metro) that manages to work great with all touchscreens while (supposedly) still working fairly good with keyboard and mouse, we have mobile data cap tools, a faster startup, and support for both x86 and ARM.
Do you feel that Windows 8 is way too bloated to work as a mobile OS or do you think that all the existing features make up for the fact that the OS takes up a lot of space and resources? Share your thoughts below.