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Microsoft today confirmed that a new service, called Microsoft Wi-Fi, is currently in development. The service, which will replace Skype Wi-Fi, will aim to deliver easy access to Wi-Fi hotspots for millions of consumers.

Skype Wi-Fi presently allows users to access to public Wi-Fi hotspots by paying Skype Credits. The new offering will be available to all subscribers of Microsoft?s Office 365 Enterprise service at launch.

A Microsoft representative made the announcement today, stating that ?We can confirm that Microsoft is working on a new service, called Microsoft Wi-Fi, that will bring hassle-free Wi-Fi to millions. We look forward to sharing additional detail when available?.

The announcement was made following Microsoft?s inadvertent release of the service?s website, which was pulled shortly thereafter.

While Skype Wi-Fi presently functions by allowing users to gain access to public wi-fi networks through paying a data bundle in Skype credits, Microsoft Wi-Fi is estimated to be a subscription centred model that ties in with the firm?s Office 365 subscribers.

For example, users who subscribe to Office 365 Personal or Home might eventually be able to access public Wi-Fi networks gratis through their active Microsoft account.

According to information posted on the site before its removal, the Wi-Fi service will at first be offered to Office 365 Enterprise subscribers and will encompass ?over 10 million? Wi-Fi hotspots. Further, the firm is producing a consumer-focussed version of the service through the Microsoft Work & Play Bundle, or the Surface 2 + Skype Wi-Fi Bundle.

The Redmond company is additionally preparing Microsoft Wi-Fi apps for Windows, Windows Phone, Android, OS X and iOS.

Should Microsoft release the Wi-Fi service alongside Office 365, it could well be one of the cheapest ways to access the internet in South Africa; Office 365 currently charges an annual fee of R900 for the Home Premium subscription.

Microsoft are not the only firm to be developing an internet service around its products: Recently, rumours have pinpointed that Google are developing their own cellular service in the US for Nexus 6 customers.

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