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Microsoft building new apps to make Wi-Fi easier

by Brandon Russell | June 2, 2015June 2, 2015 4:00 pm PST

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As Microsoft works to bolster its mobile and desktop efforts, the company is working on new project aimed at always keeping you connected. Known as Microsoft Wi-Fi, the initiative is described as something that will offer consumers “hassle-free Internet access across the world,” making it easy for travelers to stay productive on the go.

While the Redmond company hasn’t officially announced the project, it was actually uncovered by Venture Beat, who received a statement from Microsoft confirming Wi-Fi’s existence.

“We can confirm that we are working on a new service, called Microsoft Wi-Fi, that will bring hassle-free Wi-Fi to millions.”

Microsoft said additional details will be shared at a later date, though it’s unclear when. When the project does officially get unveiled, it should be available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Venture Beat grabbed a snapshot of the website (below), microsoftwifi.com, before it was pulled; a section describes the service as allowing users to sign in once, and then automatically connecting to nearby hotspots. You won’t have to fill out forms or input personal information every time you want to get connected.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Microsoft Wi-Fi will be available to everyone at launch. Instead, you have to be a Skype Wi-Fi subscriber, employee of an organization with Microsoft 365 for Enterprise, or receive a special invite.

There are more and more Wi-Fi hotspots around big cities than ever before, and Microsoft wants to help you stay connected to them. We’ll share more details as they become available.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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