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Microsoft Research Network Speed Test Windows 8
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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

Network Speed Test for Windows 8
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.  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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Jealy666 says:

Isn't exactly news it's been available for a while.

kwambe5 says:

For Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8?

erfanullah says:

Yeah WPCentral have been late. It was released almost two weeks back.

Rug says:

Did you send them a tip? That's how they find out such things. Community man, community.

Sam Sabri says:

What's your point? We can't post about apps we find and like if they came out a week or two ago? I'm sorry. We'll start posting apps that are new in the Store withing the past ten minutes.

inertiaNokia says:

Don't let them bother you Sam. Haters gonna hate!
I had no idea about these apps, so thank you :)

Sam Sabri says:

Man, it's just one of those Mondays. 

sepatown says:

Hey Sam, this app works fine on my phone (Lumia 920) and desktop (Windows 8.1) but on my Surface RT (8.1) it gives me a much slower speed (2 - 3Mbps vs 11 - 12Mbps I get on the other devices) . Have you noticed this or is it just my RT?

CyclingNut says:

Thanks for posting Sam. I don't have the time to sift through every single app submission. These types of articles are useful to the majority of us!

Wow, the users and the writers on this site are grumpy. You all need carbs. Lots of them.

Zulfigar says:

Not to be much of a bother, but if it's Spartan Assault then please... within the 10 minutes it's released put a story about it, even if it's just a title saying "Suit up Spartan and Get your Assault on!" with just a link to both the Winows (Phone) 8 versions. :D /can't wait for it, sorry.

Rishicash says:

Ten minutes? That's outrageous! I need my WP8 news bleeding edge not coagulated. Don't you know how valuable my time is? Sorry..gotta go...a line is forming and I want another latte. 

rodneyej says:

You've been available for a while and you're news to us❕

It was news to me and in the end, that is the ONLY thing that matters on this site :)

cdbstl76 says:

Freaking beautiful!!!!!!

Zulfigar says:

News to me too, maybe Jealy666 should write stories now.... never mind, bad idea.

Errbodyelse says:

I think the point he's trying to make is if you want to provide news you should be a little quicker on the draw. 2 week old isn't exactly the best look for WPC.

Same. I didn't know about it either. There's a certain warm feeling people get when pointing out something that was "so five minutes ago". Thanks!

sholokov says:

I understand what you and WPC is saying, but the reason most people come to these websites is because they want to know what they don't. It is one thing to review an existing app, and another when you call it flashing news, where 80% have already downloaded and used it.
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.

I honestly didn't know about the app and if I did that wouldn't of been my first post (out of respect to Sam). & I seriously doubt 80% is an accurate number...
Maybe we should start beating on you for your exaggerated estimate!

Darkgift says:

First, it was his "tone" that was the problem...not what he said exactly. 2nd, it kinda was what he said. These guys are constantly putting out breaking new on phones coming out, carriers picking up phones, possible buy-outs, minute by minute coverage of different conventions, reviews of apps, contests, and new apps. So if one story is a day or 2 off, then my friend you expect way too miuch. And do you have mathematic evidence that 80% of the people on this site have downloaded it? I haven't on either device (basically my pc doesnt count...still got W7) but just downloaded on my phone now....and I'm an avid reader. Everybody complaining should get their heads out of their a##es and go outside for a while...have some tea, and relax.

amcalexandre says:

Jealy666 Get a life! I don't have the time to dig marketplace everyday, so was News to me!

immyperez says:

I already have this and was certain that I was tipped by wpcentral, lmao! As it appears from the comments above...that's not the case, lol!

lesd777 says:

Using speed test but variety is ok

andreirlopes says:

Network delay is so high. Maybe still there's something to do there, but it's a good app.

DJCBS says:

"It’s a good way to help keep your ISP and carriers honest about their advertised service."

If only...
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

Nik Rolls says:

Even then if the speed is slow they'll just claim environmental conditions out of their control, like bad wiring or congestion.

erfanullah says:

It doesn't return correct network delay (i.e. latency) figures.

baileystein says:

Umm....isn't suppose to vary based on server location?

erfanullah says:

Maybe it chooses a server far away to test latency. Speedtest.net says latency is ~50ms and this apps says latency is ~500ms.

Bruno H says:

I have this app on both windows 8 and wp8. On wp8 it never worked and on windows 8 it always works... Go figure...

leviathan18 says:

The other way around for me lol

rhodri22 says:

Your download is 2Mb/s? And I thought that the 5 down I have in my house was bad...

Sam Sabri says:

lol I'm at a coffee shop. At home I'm cruising with FiOS at very, very high speeds. 

rhodri22 says:

Fair enough, I was just a bit surprised TBH, and kind of gloating at I have and internet speed that actually looks impressive for once.

interopbyt says:

How fast is FiOS? At my house in the US it's 10 mbps download, at here in Korea it's 40 mbps download...

cdbstl76 says:

I love the consistency between both WP8 and W8. I am now using this for both.

rodneyej says:

While I love your enthusiasm... Don't tell Microsoft what you said... We want them to keep trying.. Ok, sweet pea❔

ibarrister3 says:

I love this site :)
<3 WP

Rockartisten says:

The graph should adapt according to your speed. Having a roof of 50 Mb/s makes it kind of pointless.

Laura Knotek says:

How is this better than using speedtest.net in a browser? Is there any advantage to this app?

rhodri22 says:

It doesn't have Chrome and malware laced 'speed fixing software' ads everywhere for one...

rodneyej says:

Thank you❕❗❕❗❕❗

Laura Knotek says:

I don't see any ads on speedtest.net with Adblock Plus in Firefox.

adrian1338 says:

Well - just the "acceptable ads" i guess :)

rhodri22 says:

Advantage number two, it uses barely any memory, especially when compared to Firefox. It's also smaller in size and more aesthetically pleasing.

You're kind of asking what's the advantage of an app over the full website version.

xankazo says:

I have this since days ago.

rodneyej says:

Ok❗❗... Lol..

xankazo says:

You're a cool guy, Daniel. :)

ttsoldier says:

someone get this kid a medal

rodneyej says:

Makes mine medal blues please Mr... I likes chili pops❕

xankazo says:

Thanks! I appreciate it! :)

Confirms what I knew, Time Warner speeds up and down are terrible

I really like what the app confirms are optimal speeds for certain usage, like streaming music, video, etc. Digging it!

useme2useyou says:

Its rare that WP Central is slow but you're slow on this one! Lol. Been out for a while... But good to highlight :-)

coip says:

I really like the design and interface of this app. More stuff like this across all platforms from Microsoft is good. I like the uniformity. Have it on my Windows Phone, Surface RT, and Win8 PC. Like a champ.

lancguy says:

Ehh... I Ran it and got a really crappie results on both wired and wireless. Wish I knew what servers were getting hit on my 50 meg connection

Q PC says:

It does not work under proxy for me while Speedtest.net does

_Emi_ says:

Its old news! but its always good to tell people who dont check other sites about apps like this.
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 :)
 
 

mayur89 says:

Nice!!! Needed a nice app like this

akshayar640 says:

Nice app. Thanks for letting us know.

mms-pc says:

I'm quite confused with the test results from my ATIV S and Surface RT. According to the WP8 version, my network speed is this:
Upload: 10Mbps
Download: 13~15 Mpbs
 
but according to the Win8/RT version, the results are:
Upload: 11.xxMbps
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.

leviathan18 says:

I have 10mbps down 1mbps up on my phone it says exactly that every single time, on my laptop it says 2-3 mbps down and 1mbps up