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A building on the Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is currently developing a new version of its Skype Wi-Fi service. When contacted regarding Microsoft Wi-Fi, it’s spokesperson said that the company is in fact developing a new service that will deliver seamless Wi-Fi to millions.

Microsoft currently offers Skype Wi-Fi where users can make payments with Skype Credits for accessing a host of Wi-Fi hotspots globally. Microsoft’s page giving information regarding its Wi-Fi service offerings had appeared on the web briefly before Microsoft took down the pages.

Microsoft also is developing the consumer version of its latest Wi-Fi service. There are two versions, one targeted at individuals called Microsoft Wi-Fi. The second service is aimed at businesses and known as Microsoft Wi-Fi for Business.

Similar to Skype Wi-Fi, Microsoft Wi-Fi can be used for free by registered users. However, one can also pay with credits just like Skype Wi-Fi. So it can be defined as pay-as-you service. It’s clear that Microsoft is not promoting a monthly subscription model.

Whereas Skype Wi-Fi has coverage of 2 million hotspots, Microsoft Wi-fi will boast of 10 million hotspots. These hotspots are present across the globe in as many as 130 countries. The hotspots are usually located in public areas such as airports, hotels, food courts and others. Users can find the closest compatible Wi-Fi spots on an interactive map.

The new Wi-Fi service has cross-platform compatibility. It supports Windows, Windows Phone, Android, iOS and more. Users can purchase Microsoft Wi-Fi cards to top up their accounts.
Microsoft Wifi will initially be given to :-
• Active Skype Wi-Fi subscribers (Via the Microsoft Work & Play Bundle or the Surface 2 with Skype Wi-Fi Bundle)
• Members of establishments with Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprise
• Customers who were awarded a special Wi-Fi offer from Microsoft

Office 365 Enterprise subscribers will have access to the business version of its Wi-Fi service.
Microsoft is rebranding a host of its products and services under the umbrella of a single Microsoft Brand rather than separate brands. Hence the change to Skype Wi-Fi.

Sources: zdnet, venturbeat