While the third-party app ecosystem on Windows Phone is developing at a decent rate - with many major brands now finally launching apps for the platform - Microsoft has also adding to the range of software available on its smartphone OS. Earlier this year, for example, Microsoft Research released Blink, an app that captures a quick burst of shots when you snap a pic with the camera, allowing you to choose the one that best fits your needs.
Another app has now been released from the Microsoft Research labs, with the no-nonsense name 'Network Speed Test'. As you've probably surmised, the app allows users to test their upload and download speeds, packet loss, max jitter and latency on their cellular and wi-fi networks.
The simple, clean interface provides easy-to-understand results, and the history of all previous tests is saved, allowing for at-a-glance comparisons over time. Microsoft is also using the app to help with its research about network usage. The app download page on the Windows Phone Store explains:
When you test a network connection using the App, certain characteristics of your device and the network connection will be sent to Microsoft to help improve our understanding of network quality and availability. If you consent, we may also collect information about your location at the time of the test. The data we collect is not associated with you, and will not be used to identify or contact you or for other purposes like targeted marketing."
The app is available to download free from the Windows Phone Store now - but bear in mind that you'll need a Windows Phone 8 handset to be able to install it.