Microsoft releases Network Speed Test app for Windows 8
If you’re running both Windows Phone and Windows you’re probably like us in that you love seeing the same app for both platforms. There’s something about that unified design and similar functionality that just makes us giddy. So even if we’re late to the party, we’re happy to see Microsoft Research’s Network Speed Test app on Windows 8.
A handful of weeks back we saw Network Speed Test hit the Windows Phone Store. You can now grab the app in the Windows Store. They both share a similar design and feature set. Which is a good thing if you’re looking for a simple app to check the speed of your network. Here’s what you can measure with the app:
- Network Delay
- Download Speed
- Upload Speed
In snap. Or whatever you call it in Windows 8.1
In addition to those three variables. You can also see some more info about your current network. Things like connection type, network name, internet status, host name, access point BSSID, authentication, encryption, and a history of your results.
The app is put out by Microsoft Research. Using servers around the globe they’ll check your connection speed. It’s a good way to help keep your ISP and carriers honest about their advertised service. It’s also handy because Microsoft collects a few characteristics of the data that they’ll hopefully use to improve their understanding of network quality and availability. And to all the folks out there with tinfoil hats on, Microsoft can’t connect the data the app sends to you.
If this is something you want on your Surface or desktop be sure to head on over to the Windows Store to grab it (opens in new tab). It's a free app so you've got nothing to lose.
P.S. I'm at a coffee shop. My speeds are normally a little faster than that ;)
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I had no idea about these apps, so thank you :)
Please don't get me wrong. I love WPC and that's why I am here, but that doesn't mean we start beating on someone who mearly mentioned a fact about the app being two weeks old.
Maybe we should start beating on you for your exaggerated estimate!
You know how my ISP wants us to do the speedtests? "Boot the computer in security mode and run the tests".
Last time they told me this I started laughing at their faces and refused.
Yeah. 'cause we buy a certain internet speed to use on a computer that is started in security mode...not at a computer started normally. Obviously:P
of course i cant say this app is the best to see your network speed, but its still a decent app and it will improve over time :)
Download: 13~15 Mpbs
but according to the Win8/RT version, the results are:
Download: 3.76Mpbs (max value)
The upload speed is much faster than download one, which doesn't make any sense to me.....
According to my ISP, I'm using 50Mbps ADSL service, the download/upload speed ratio is approximately at 4:1, both my Surface RT and ATIV S connect to the same WIFI router, they are tested separately, not at the same time.