Microsoft on Tuesday briefly and accidentally took the wraps off a new app called Microsoft Wi-Fi that promises "hassle-free Internet access around the world." The service's website went live ahead of schedule and a sharp-eyed Twitter user noticed. The idea is similar to the company's Skype WiFi, a lesser-known service that lets you use Skype credit to pay for Internet hotspots around the world. Microsoft Wi-Fi will grant access to more WiFi points, work on every major platform and have links to certain Microsoft enterprise customers, like Office 365 subscribers.
Despite taking down the website shortly after it went up, Microsoft did issue a statement to NBC News regarding the forthcoming service: "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 detail when available."
In screenshots captured by Venturebeat and others before the website was taken down, Microsoft's new service promised users productivity on the go and "hassle-free Internet access around the world." Other features, as well as timing, will have to wait until the company gets things together for an official launch.
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