Microsoft WiFi aims big; 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots in 130 countries

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Well things are certainly getting interesting. Microsoft is apparently working on a top secret project. No it’s not aliens. Its WiFi, free WiFi to be more precise Called Microsoft WiFi, details of it were leaked on www.microsoftwifi.com. But don’t bother to go there. The website has been taken down, but according to sources who caught a glimpse of the site, they plan to offer what Microsoft calls “hassle-free Internet access around the world”.

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According to sources, Microsoft WiFi was initially spotted by Twitter user h0x0d, who coincidentally was the same person who discovered Microsoft Earn.

Before being taken down, there were apparent links for Microsoft’s Wi-FI App available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone meaning that it indeed is a cross platform solution.

The concept of the app will revolve around locating Wi-Fi spots near you. But it should be noted that the service isn’t going to be available to everyone. One has to be eligible before one can download and use the app, with versions for businesses and individuals alike.

When launched, Microsoft WiFi will only be available to 3 groups:

  • Those who have functional Skype WiFi accounts either via Microsoft Work & Play Bundle or the Surface 2 + Skype WiFi Bundle
  • Employees of companies using Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprise
  • Customers who have received a special WiFi offer from Microsoft

Similar to how Skype WiFi works, Microsoft WiFi also appears to offer the same pay-as-you-go service that automatically connects you to free public Wi-Fi hotspots. But this is more than just that. Their main target is to have 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots in 130 countries. Now that certainly is a noteworthy project, especially if it comes to Sri Lanka.

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