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Microsoft accidentally leaks plans for a new Wi-Fi hotspot service

On-the-go Wi-Fi access may soon be a lot easier for Microsoft customers.The company plans to offer a Wi-Fi hotspot service to individuals and businesses, Microsoft confirmed Tuesday. Details about the unreleased service, called Microsoft WiFI, first surfaced Tuesday morning when the company — it appears accidentally — published details and promotional images for the service on its website.

Microsoft has since removed the website, but a cached version revealed some details of the service before that too was updated to only say “coming soon.”

“Sign in once and you are done: You will automatically be connected to a vast range of Wi-Fi providers around the world,” reads a description on a now-removed promotional image.

The company plans to offer Microsoft WiFi as a standalone appThe company plans to offer Microsoft WiFi as a standalone app for iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone and Mac OS X, according to the site. It will be available to people with existing Skype WiFi accounts, which currently includes 2 million hotspots, or those who have paid into the company’s “Work + Play” or Surface 2 + Skype WiFi” bundles.There will also be a business version of the service for Office 365 Enterprise subscribers, according to the website. “Microsoft WiFi had coverage at over 10 million hotspots across 130 million countries, including airports, hotels, restaurants and other public spaces,” the company writes in a description on a cached page for Microsoft WiFi for Business.

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Other details about the hotspot service, including cost and when it will officially launch, are unclear, though a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed it’s in the works.

“We can confirm that Microsoft is working on a new service, called Microsoft WiFi, that will bring hassle-free Wi-Fi to millions,” the spokesperson said. “We look forward to sharing additional detail when available, but don’t have anything at this moment.”

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