How Windows 8 Has Enhanced Mobile Broadband


Microsoft launched their new Windows 8 operating system to much fanfare in August 2012, with the promise that this was a revolutionary operating system that could be used on multiple devices, such as desktop computers and tablet computers and Windows phone. They promised that this operating system will eliminate the need to use third party software and applications, however, for mobile broadband users, it appears that you do not even have to make use of the Windows 8 drivers in order to get connected.

New laptops that are being manufactured, which come with the Windows 8 operating system already installed, they also include the facility to connect to mobile broadband built-in. This is a first for an industry where Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity was always included, now there is the capacity to install a SIM card and use mobile broadband without the need to purchase a separate dongle. When you insert the SIM card into the device, the Windows 8 operating system will automatically connect with the mobile broadband provider, as well as locating and downloading the mobile broadbandapp from the internet via the app store for Windows. The Windows 8 operating system is compatible with both 3G and 4G networks for speedy and instant internet access on the move.

It is important in business to be able to connect to the World Wide Web in as many places as possible, and thanks to the Windows 8 operating system, that has now become a whole lot easier, and a lot less stressful. No longer are you going to be restricted to finding a decent Wi-Fi hotspot as you now have the ability to connect to mobile broadband without the use of additional software or hardware. Another great feature of the Windows 8 operating system is that the Pro version comes with a feature known as Remote Desktop. This feature is great if you desire to connect your main computer that is running Windows 8 to any other computer that is running certain other operating systems in the Windows family. This will let you gain access to such things as files, settings and other network sources.

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One of the driving forces behind mobile broadband is the rise in the popularity of what is known as VoIP. VoIP or to give it its full name Voice Over Internet Protocol, is a way of making inexpensive voice calls via the internet rather than a traditional landline or mobile phone.

VoIP has been around for a number of years, and in fact it was actually created as far back as 1973, when it was used by the US Department of Defence. The only thing holding it back was the fact that it relies on a mobile broadband connection, and this is something that has not been available to everyone until just recently. Thanks to the recent upsurge in mobile broadband suppliers and users, VoIP is the latest trend to hit the telecommunications market, and it is expected to become even more popular in the next few years, as more and more people sign up to mobile broadband.

The thing that is attracting people to VoIP is the promise of free international calls, so long as you are calling someone else who also has VoIP compatibility. For those people who are concerned about the quality of the phone calls, don’t be, even an internet speed of a meagre 1Mb is enough to give the same crystal clear phone call as a mobile or landline. To begin making VoIP calls, all you need is to buy a handset, a microphone, or if you prefer a headset with built in microphone, it’s as simple as that, you can even buy adaptors that will turn your normal handset into a VoIP compatible one.

The additional features and capabilities being introduced by Windows 8 has led to further advanced in the field of mobile broadband. This has the knock-on effect of encouraging more people to go mobile when it comes to accessing the internet. The days of a desktop computer could well be numbered!

Guest article written by: +Andy Heaps is the chief technical advisor and editor at [tp lang=”en” only=”y”][/tp][tp not_in=”en”][/tp], with more than 15 years of experience in the telecoms industry he loves sharing his thoughts on tech blogs about broadband internet and other tech related matters. 

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