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The ever-popular online “leak” is not just for TV show plot lines, movie trailers, or album promotions anymore. Tech giants have also taken a page from the accidental “sneak peak” playbook. Case in point – Microsoft’s current “leak” regarding a future “hassle free” WiFi Service (rolling out sometime soon) that was randomly posted on someone’s Twitter page.

The Microsoft website briefly went “live” and displayed information regarding the new service, called Microsoft Wi-Fi, which has now been replaced with a “coming soon” page. However, in a statement sent to VentureBeat, a Microsoft representative offered, “We can confirm that we are working on a new service, called Microsoft Wi-Fi, that will bring hassle-free WiFi to millions. We look forward to sharing additional details when available.”

Wi-Fi hotspot neon sign


Before the site took the “leak” down, VentureBeat collected a few screen shots about the app, including this little nugget:

Don’t waste time filling forms with personal information or managing different carriers to get connected. Sign in once and you are done: you will automatically be connected to a vast range of Wi-Fi providers around the world.

It additionally explained that both products want to take the credit card payment process out of using hotspots and replace it with something simple and easy. If Microsoft Wi-Fi sounds like a companion product to Skype Wi-Fi, it’s because – it is. Skype WiFi offers Internet access via a pay-as-you go process to over two million hotspots around the world. However, Microsoft Wi-Fi proposes to offer the same service but to 10 million hotspots in 130 countries. Another screenshot stated that in order to find a WiFi hotspot, users will check the app’s “interactive map.”

The new Microsoft Wi-Fi app will be available on Android, iOS, OS X, and of course -Windows, as well as through a plethora of hotspot providers. Initially, the app won’t be free and will only be rolled out to:

  • Customers with special Wi-Fi offers from Microsoft
  • Active Skype WiFi subscribers (Microsoft Work & Play Bundle or the Surface 2 and Skype Wi-Fi Bundle)
  • Organizations using Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprise

Unlike Apple’s accelerated product changes and app launches, Microsoft seems to be taking its time with this new product roll-out and even uses “leaks” to test market initial consumer responses. All anyone can say about the new Microsoft Wi-Fi for now is: so far so good.

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