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

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?