NFC/WiFi Direct Printing, Broadband Tethering, All Built Into Windows 8.1

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Microsoft has been talking about new features in Windows 8.1 at TechEd New Orleans 2013.  Some new features include

NFC tap-to-pair printing – Tap your Windows 8.1 device against an enterprise NFC-enabled printer and you’re all set to print. No more hunting on your network for the correct printer and no need to buy a special printer; just attach a NFC tag to your existing machines. And you don’t need to buy new printers to take advantage of this; you can simply put an NFC tag on your existing printers to enable this functionality.

Wi-Fi Direct printing – Connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software on your Windows 8.1 device, forming a peer-to-peer network between your device and the printer.

Broadband tethering – Turn your Windows 8.1 mobile broadband-enabled PC or tablet into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing other devices to connect and access the internet.

Source: Windows Blog

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  • rockuz

    It’s getting better and better every leaks.

  • Rasool Shaik

    woooo its getting more awesome

  • Qliphah

    So uh… just how does one enable the:

    Broadband tethering. Any Internet-connected Windows 8.1-based device can be turned into a wireless hotspot with support for up to 10 devices.

    Trying it on a desktop with wired lan and a wi-fi usb dongle. No options at all under “broadband”, “wi-fi”, “tethering”, or “Hot spot”. I’ve seen other articles that mention it only on tablets and phones, perhaps this is just a create wi-fi from ad-hoc like it’s always been and requires a wi-fi signal to work…. which defeats the whole idea. That is not broadband sharing…. I want my desktop to take the place of a router, why is this not possible yet?