Leaked video shows Wi-Fi Sense in Windows Phone 8.1

An early build of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK made its way to a few developers in February and since then, the Internet has played host to a number of articles and videos showing off what will be included in Microsoft's mobile OS update. The latest info comes from a video that shows off the Wi-Fi features of the operating system.

The brief clip on UnleashThePhones' YouTube channel shows how users will be able to turn off Wi-Fi on their handset for a brief period before it comes back on again automatically. Wi-Fi connections can be stopped for one hour, four hours or one day in addition to the regular manual selection.

The other feature shown in the video is what Microsoft is calling Wi-Fi Sense. If a user goes to a Wi-Fi hotspot regularly, this feature will let them to save their login and password information. This will enable them to login automatically the next time the phone "senses" that the Wi-Fi hotspot is available. 

Finally, Wi-Fi Sense includes a feature where users can actually share their hotspot connection information with others via their Outlook.com, Skype and Facebook contacts. So if a group of friends gather at the same hotspot, one person can simply send that login and account info to their buddies without the others having to type it in manually.

Microsoft has yet to officially confirm anything about Windows Phone 8.1 but it is expected to be officially revealed in early April as part of the company's annual BUILD developer conference.

Source: UnleashThePhones on YouTube

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Ah, I guess that's possible. Would help if the article were clearer. Personally, I don't use those. Far too insecure; you have no idea who might be snooping whilst connected!

I'd rather use my mobile data.

FloatingFatMan said,
Ah, I guess that's possible. Would help if the article were clearer. Personally, I don't use those. Far too insecure; you have no idea who might be snooping whilst connected!

I'd rather use my mobile data.

I understand your concern about snooping ...

that is the reason I don't put personal data on it...

If I connect their hotspot, I don't care what they look for... I don't use bank look up on their hotspots.

Windows 8 doesn't save WiFi passwords no matter what, without a registry hack. I bet Windows Phone 8 is the same way. For whatever reason, except for device restarts while it was already logged in, Microsoft decided users would need to manually enter WiFi passwords at every connection start.

Only non encrypted WiFi logs in automatically without it.

Android and Windows 7 / earlier don't use this behavior..

nullie said,
Windows 8 doesn't save WiFi passwords no matter what, without a registry hack. I bet Windows Phone 8 is the same way. For whatever reason, except for device restarts while it was already logged in, Microsoft decided users would need to manually enter WiFi passwords at every connection start.

Only non encrypted WiFi logs in automatically without it.

Android and Windows 7 / earlier don't use this behavior..

Wrong.

nullie said,
Windows 8 doesn't save WiFi passwords no matter what, without a registry hack. I bet Windows Phone 8 is the same way..

I'd love to take that bet. How much? 1000$?

nullie said,
Windows 8 doesn't save WiFi passwords no matter what, without a registry hack. I bet Windows Phone 8 is the same way. For whatever reason, except for device restarts while it was already logged in, Microsoft decided users would need to manually enter WiFi passwords at every connection start.

Only non encrypted WiFi logs in automatically without it.

Android and Windows 7 / earlier don't use this behavior..


Embarrassingly wrong!

I think not. It turns out the connect automatically feature of Windows 8 and 8.1 (was also broke in Windows 8 preview) is broken for many users.

http://www.windows8core.com/fo...wont-connect-automatically/

It might be device or driver specific failure or Windows 8 failure.

On my system, no password is saved accept on reboots. Also, the pos still connects to networks unecryptedly that I set it not to, or not to automatically connect to. I got of course latest Intel 6300 hardware/drivers and Windows 8.1.

All I can say is it doesn't work right for everyone, I guess. Windows 7 worked fine however on this same machine of mine..

nullie said,
I think not. It turns out the connect automatically feature of Windows 8 and 8.1 (was also broke in Windows 8 preview) is broken for many users.

http://www.windows8core.com/fo...wont-connect-automatically/

It might be device or driver specific failure or Windows 8 failure.

On my system, no password is saved accept on reboots. Also, the pos still connects to networks unecryptedly that I set it not to, or not to automatically connect to. I got of course latest Intel 6300 hardware/drivers and Windows 8.1.

All I can say is it doesn't work right for everyone, I guess. Windows 7 worked fine however on this same machine of mine..

Hey person w/o much knowledge. Using a 1020 here. Never have to type in my passwords for the few wifi networks I use.

Also, I've been using wifi in windows since XP. And all that time it has remembered passwords.

Have you used Windows or Windows Phone before?

It has nothing to do with Windows Phone after all, because I was under the impression the password save feature had been completely removed for security reasons in Windows 8. There have been articles about it. It may be adapter specific, and the manufacture can turn it on or off within the driver (or registry).

Bugs in Windows 8 also make it hit or miss if it works or not.

nullie said,
It has nothing to do with Windows Phone after all, because I was under the impression the password save feature had been completely removed for security reasons in Windows 8. There have been articles about it. It may be adapter specific, and the manufacture can turn it on or off within the driver (or registry).

Bugs in Windows 8 also make it hit or miss if it works or not.

I use windows 8 all day every day. I have 4 networks saved to my surface. I have no problems. My Surface RT previously worked perfectly as well. I just don't get where people think Windows isn't saving WiFi passwords.

Am I drunk, or is everybody else?

nullie said,
I think not. It turns out the connect automatically feature of Windows 8 and 8.1 (was also broke in Windows 8 preview) is broken for many users.

http://www.windows8core.com/fo...wont-connect-automatically/

It might be device or driver specific failure or Windows 8 failure.

On my system, no password is saved accept on reboots. Also, the pos still connects to networks unecryptedly that I set it not to, or not to automatically connect to. I got of course latest Intel 6300 hardware/drivers and Windows 8.1.

All I can say is it doesn't work right for everyone, I guess. Windows 7 worked fine however on this same machine of mine..

Clearly a PEBCAK issue. Nullie, give it up; you're completely and utterly wrong and just making a complete fool of yourself. Windows does, and has done since XP, save your wifi passwords.

Windows 8.1 not only saves WiFi passwords, it syncs them across your devices. When I got an 8" tablet I only had to enter 1 WiFi connection on it just to get it started, then because all the ones I use regularly had already been automatically synced from my laptop I didn't have to enter any more.

JonathanMarston said,
Windows 8.1 not only saves WiFi passwords, it syncs them across your devices. When I got an 8" tablet I only had to enter 1 WiFi connection on it just to get it started, then because all the ones I use regularly had already been automatically synced from my laptop I didn't have to enter any more.
I completely forgot to mention this behavior too. My Surface RT's wifi settings synced to my Dell Venue 8 Pro and my Surface 2 Pro. Was actually glorious. Would be great if this sync'd to my Windows Phone too. I bet that's coming with this update.

Man it doesn't work on my computer. It is unfixable. I have to login by manually typing in the password every time to my hotspot.

The auto connect I just gave up on, figuring the behavior had been changed as I'd read a partial post on. I never had this problem on either Windows XP or 7, but I'll just admit I must be experiencing some type of error in the way it's working on my particular system. sorry for the confusion there. lol
>:B

nullie said,
Man it doesn't work on my computer. It is unfixable. I have to login by manually typing in the password every time to my hotspot.

The auto connect I just gave up on, figuring the behavior had been changed as I'd read a partial post on. I never had this problem on either Windows XP or 7, but I'll just admit I must be experiencing some type of error in the way it's working on my particular system. sorry for the confusion there. lol
>:B

Try creating a new user and see if you see the same thing. There could be a problem with your profile.

Forjo said,
Try creating a new user and see if you see the same thing. There could be a problem with your profile.
Frankly, judging from the site he linked to he could have jacked it up.

Look at the video again. This is more than just storing the login information for WiFi hotspots.

WiFi Sense actually shares the login information of the WiFi networks you use with the contacts on your phone. It allows them to log in to the same networks without them needing to know the login details. It won't display the actual passwords, I guess ******** but it is sharing what they need to connect.

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