Windows 10: Cortana to get geo-fenced Wi-fi activation

  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       02 Oct 2014 #1

    Cortana to get geo-fenced Wi-fi activation

    Microsoft released upon the world a technical preview of Windows 10 and even though Cortana does not work in this version, there are still assets related to the feature in the build. Because of this, you can crack open these files and take a look at what is coming down the pipe for the platform.

    The new feature uses geo-fencing to determine when to turn off or on your Wi-Fi. For example, when you come home from work, Cortana will know to turn your Wi-Fi on to connect to your network. Likewise, when you leave, it will turn off Wi-Fi but say you go to your friends house who has Wi-Fi, Cortana will know to turn it back on thanks to geo-fencing.
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  2. Joan Archer's Avatar
    Posts : 1,657
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       04 Oct 2014 #1

    Interesting, mind you I think my phone does this now. :) I've got the Lumia 520 running 8.1 and usually have it set to connect to my home router but the times I've found it's showing as being connected to the open Wi-Fi. Since the upgrade to 8.1 it now has the Wi-Fi sense as part of the phone.

    I don't have Cortana as I'm in the UK but I like the other features since the upgrade, the battery seems to last longer now, the only problem though is I can't send via MMS again.
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  3. Posts : 35
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview build 17711
       04 Oct 2014 #2

    Tom's Hardware says Windows 10 will inherit WI-FI Sense. "Windows 10 will also inherit the "Wi-Fi Sense" feature of Windows Phone. It allows you to connect automatically whenever a Wi-Fi hotspot is detected, and to authenticate and accept any required terms of use. The feature also allows you to share Wi-Fi access with your friends without having to actually disclose the password to your home network." Wi-Fi Sense
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  4. Posts : 37,567
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       04 Oct 2014 #3

    Hi there. Lumia 1520 running 8.1 Developers preview.

    I think we have to separate what is part of Cortana and what is not. From what I understand, WiFi Sense and Data Sense are not part of digital assistant Cortana. Those were features of the OS before Cortana was released. Cortana is essentially a very advanced Bing actually. A part of Bing (now Cortana on WP8.1) is using device location, whether it's mobile device or not. What Cortana does it advances it as an assistant, mostly via voice. It's like Bing with assisted voice command.

    WiFi Sense is really only a fancy name given to a feature that's been on phones for quite some time. It connects to a WiFi hot spot that's been configured and remembered. It is more advanced in that it automatically fills out demanded info of a free hotspot such as agreeing to an agreement, email address, etc. when opted in to do so. Not a good thing if one does not want to divulge that info. It also shares hotspots with friends. Data Sense simply keeps track of the data used over the carriers network if one has limited data.

    Geo-fenced is an added feature of Cortana that will assist in turning on and off WiFi automatically by keeping track via location (device GPS chip) so as to save on battery, which is the weakest link of any mobile device. Rather ingenious really. :)
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