The brother scan app you’ll want to use on your next Windows 8 system is one of the few Windows 8 features that actually works in the real world.
The software defined radio, or SDRS, feature is only available on the Surface Book, and it’s only available for the 32GB model.
While it’s not a major deal for most, it’s definitely something to keep an eye out for if you’re going to run the Surface Pro 4.
We’re not going to spend too much time talking about the feature here, but we do want to point out that it’s very useful.
When you press the “Start” button on your Surface Book (or any Windows 8 device) it will start scanning the screen for items you might want to scan.
The device will scan for the word “Scan” and then scan the entire screen.
The screen will then flash white for about a second before returning to a normal scan.
Once you’re done scanning, the device will show the full list of available items, and you can then click on them.
We were able to scan our home page, and our photo album, but the brother scan screen wasn’t available for any of the other Windows 8 apps we ran.
There was no SDRS option for this app, so it’s a non-essential feature.
If you have a Surface Book or any Windows 7 device, though, this feature will be even better.
We didn’t have this feature in the Windows 8 Insider Preview for Windows 8.1, so we’re using a Windows 8 Preview build for this article, which is coming later this week.
We’ll be covering the full release of Windows 8 on the upcoming Insider Preview release, which we’re hoping will be the last we see of this feature before the full Windows 8 release.
We did have SDRS available on our Windows 8 tablet for a few weeks before we ran into the issue with the SurfaceBook, but that was before we started using the tablet with the Microsoft Surface Studio.
In the end, the brother scanner is a very useful feature, and we hope Microsoft makes it available on all Windows 8 devices.
If your device is running the new build of Windows, we hope you can find a way to get the feature working with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.