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How Intel, Microsoft and the wireless carriers will finally realise the promise of an 'always connected' PC

Mark Hachman | Sept. 29, 2014
Upcoming PCs based on Intel's "Skylake" platform will come with built-in LTE support, connecting them to the Internet even when you're nowhere near a Wi-Fi connection or hot Ethernet cable.

Finally, there's Microsoft, which is rushing headlong toward Windows 9. One of the nicer features in Windows Phone 8.1 is Wi-Fi Sense, a service that automatically logs you into hotspots you've engaged with before, even if they require some form of acknowledgement. Recent leaks have shown that Wi-Fi Sense is headed to Windows 9, which means that any hotspots you've discovered with your Windows Phone should automatically transfer to your PC. 

Of course, no one has stood on the stage of a tech event keynote and declared 2015 the year of ubiquitous wireless connectivity for PCs. Some of you, including me, will likely balk at paying extra for a wireless SIM card for a PC or tablet, especially if you can simply connect those devices to your cell phone, and ride its data connection.

Nonetheless, we can slowly see a new connected future take shape. It may not happen overnight, but one day soon you'll be able to access your cloud storage or cat videos virtually anywhere.

 

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