Feeds

MS to intro Windows-only ‘Soft Wi-Fi’ 802.11x system

Connected Home Architecture, Connected to whom?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

At this week's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle Microsoft will take the wraps off its big push into home wireless networking and open up on the Microsoft Connected Home Architecture. As a part of this, Microsoft will be introducing what is essentially a proprietary, Windows-only version of 802.11, "Soft Wi-Fi," which looks pretty much like a re-run of the Winmodem scenario.

Microsoft is currently kicking off a beta test of home wireless networking, and it seems probable that this will actually be of Soft Wi-Fi. As with Winmodems, the "soft" part comes from offloading processing from the wireless adapter to the PC itself, thus allowing manufacturers to make cheaper adapters. The happy - from Microsoft's point of view - side-effect of this is that it transforms a standard technology into a semi-proprietary Microsoft-only one, making it difficult for people using non-Microsoft operating systems to use the hardware, whereas with Windows it'll work out of the box.

Take a look at the size of the list here to get an idea of the amount of work that goes into getting around this sort of gag.

As yet we only have the session headings to go on, as WinHEC doesn't kick off until tomorrow, but there's more than enough for us to be going on with. The Connected Home Architecture, which seems to be a new umbrella term, is central, and comes with sub-topics such as the Windows Connected Display Architecture (Mira, presumably), Integrated Device Control for Windows, Adaptive AV Streaming and Home Networks and (we're really looking forward to this one) Designing the Home Network Edge.

There's also a comprehensive track on digital media and DRM, and in addition to Soft Wi-Fi, Enabling IEEE 802.11x in the Cellular Environment will be covered. WinHEC teaser list can be found here, more info later in the week, we hope. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?
Microsoft's long history of broken Windows sync
Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority
Let’s Encrypt to give HTTPS-everywhere a boost in 2015
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'
Sugarcoating Android's Lollipop makes tab easier to swallow
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer
New preview build continues Redmond's retreat to the desktop
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.