In Pictures: 12 new network features in Windows 8

Microsoft’s new metro-style Start screen is getting all the buzz, but for IT administrators there are many new network-related features and changes in both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to be aware of.

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Network and Sharing Center gets streamlined

There are no big visual changes to the Network and Sharing Center from previous versions of Windows. However, it's been streamlined a bit. For instance, you won’t see the Manage Wireless Networks shortcut on the left. This is because Windows doesn't allow you to manually prioritize your Wi-Fi networks anymore, but automatically does this for you based upon your connection behaviors. When using the Set Up a Connection or Network wizard you'll also find the ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network option is missing. On the Network and Sharing Center, now you can't click (or tap) the network type (Private or Public) to change it like you could in Windows Vista and 7.

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