What Windows 8 Can Do Today


Metered Connections

Windows 8 will be aware of metered mobile broadband accounts and will simplify the management of data plan usage. A new control panel in Windows 8 will display usage, allow resets and link with AT&T for direct account access; Vodaphone and other carriers are on tap. What's more, Windows Update has been made aware of metered connections and will download only critical patches. "When a Wi-Fi connection becomes available, Windows 8 will switch back to that preferred connection for large downloads and away from the metered one," said Craig Ashley, a Microsoft senior product manager.