Microsoft accidentally announced its new WiFi service

Satya NadellaAPMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft just gave us an accidental preview of its new WiFi service, which will let paying users connect to millions of WiFi hotspots across the globe.

Microsoft WiFi looks like a rebranding of Skype WiFi, which lets subscribers access two million WiFi hotspots worldwide, and pay per-minute for how long they’re online.  

Twitter user WalkingCat was the first to notice that had been launched.

The site has since been taken offline, and the link will now take you to a “coming soon” graphic.

But this looks like more of an expansion than just a rebranding. Before the site was pulled, Venturebeat found that the new service will cater to a much bigger audience, with 10 million WiFi hotspots in 130 countries.

Users will be able to find the nearest compatible WiFi hotspots on an interactive map.

Skype WiFi works for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux devices, and the new service is also likely to be a cross-platform affair. Venturebeat spotted app download links for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

It doesn’t look like the new service will be available to everyone. At launch, Microsoft WiFi will only be available to “eligible” users, such as paying Skype WiFi subscribers, employees of organisations with Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprise, and those with a special WiFi offer from Microsoft.

The company confirmed to VentureBeat and The Register that it was working on the new WiFi service. Business Insider reached out to Microsoft for more details, but has yet to receive a response.

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