Microsoft Research has released a new app called "Network Speed Test" to the Windows Store offering detailed information on your upload and download speeds. Microsoft recently released the same app for Windows Phone 8 not too long ago and now those on Windows 8 can enjoy this app's benefits.
"How fast is your Internet connection? Network Speed Test measures your network delay, download speed and upload speed. Using servers all over the world, Network Speed Test measures your network connection’s latency and throughput. Based on your connection’s speed, Network Speed Test will tell you what activities you might be able to do, such as stream music or video calls. Slide to the right to see a history of your previous tests for easy comparisons," the app description reads.
Also, by installing the app, you will be helping out Microsoft by sending certain characteristics of your device and network connection to the software giant. "When you test your network using the Network Speed Test, 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," Microsoft explained.
This app allows you to measure your network latency, download and upload speeds, as well as see information about your network such as the SSID, BSSID, and WiFi hotspot information. You can also see your past network performance history. The app is free and available for download via the Windows Store, or just click the download link below.