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Microsoft Wi-Fi makes an appearance in Windows 10 build 10158

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Microsoft Wi-Fi, the rebranded version of Skype Wi-fi, which enables buyers to pay for Wi-Fi access at public spots around the globe, is now active as a new app in the recently-released Windows 10 build 10158.

Microsoft Wi-Fi is a paid service that operates much the same as Skype Wi-Fi did previously. Rather than paying a monthly fee, users buy access to the Wi-Fi hotspots by increments of time. When we previously caught a glimpse of this service on its website earlier this month, it wasn't quite clear how users would pay for the time. However, according to the app included in Windows 10 build 10158, it appears that users can pay for access using the same payment method they use for purchasing apps in the Windows Store.

Overall, accessing the networks looks pretty straightforward. Interested users can simply search for a Wi-Fi network labeled "Buy Wi-Fi from Windows Store" when they're in a public place, at which point they'll be able to do just that. Going forward, users should automatically connect to Microsoft Wi-Fi hotspots whenever they are within range at a hotel, airport, or other location for the remainder of their time.

Update: As it turns out this is an update/refresh to the 'Network Beta' app. To refresh, head to the Store and force check for a new updates. Once the update is installed, it should switch from 'Network beta' to a working app called 'Microsoft Wi-Fi'.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

38 Comments
  • I should note I did download this as a beta app on 10147 although it did not work. It got an update today and now works. Unfortunately, I can't find the Store link but maybe someone else can.
  • Looks like it is missing on a clean install of 10162.
  • I found it! http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/network-beta/73476b19-eb1e-4...
  • I don't seem to have MSFT Wi-Fi app with my 10158...I do have an app called Network Beta. That the same thing or something else?
  • Try and do a Store update and if it is the same one, it should update with the new branding.
  • Thx Daniel, that did the trick.
  • why not call the network simply "Microsoft Wi-fi"?? :D 
  • Shouldn't be much longer installing this build now on my SP3, but can anybody confirm if the Photos app has the option to be uninstalled? (And if it appears in the Beta Store now as a download, so I can re-download it)
  • Why do you need to do that, out of interest?
  • Reinstall?
  • I've never really used Skype WiFi much, as there's often free WiFi in the major UK cities, but I think the Microsoft Branding could help it take off a bit more than it did with the Skype name.It'll also make it a logical thing to bundle in with phones / surface tablets now too
  • Lucky you, WiFi is not so free in the US.
  • It isn't? But every Starbucks and McDonalds has a free WiFi, and those are at every corner it seems, at least here in Texas.
  • Just another reason why Texas is awesome!!
  • It seems to me that in the US pretty much any coffee shop has free WiFi as do many other public areas uch as libraries. If you're in any urban sort of area there is a good chance there is free WiFi quite close by. Also most of the major cable internet providers give free WiFi all over the place as part of their internet package. Thye do this by putting open hotsposts in whenever they install cable modems. With  the cross agreements in place a cable customer can use the WiFi service of a different provider in other parts off the country. In fact the Microsoft service aactually piiggy backs on the cable companies' hotspots.
  • free wifi in urban areas is very very slow. goodluck using skype in times square for example :)
  • That's why I love my unlimited data plan....
  • So how/why exactly would you pay for this when there's lots of free, public Wi-Fi hotspots in places like fast food, libraries, and malls? I've had the Skype Wi-Fi app and never once understood the point of it exactly. It's not like this is going to fill in holes where there's no Wi-Fi or where Wi-Fi Sense couldn't point you to.
  • Convienience.  Often while travelling you just want to get online.  This is likely cheaper than you pay at a hotel etc.  If it is simple, works and reasonable people will use it.
  • Maybe America is different, but unless you are out in the suburbs here in Australia (or out bush) then there is always free WiFi available. And the fact of the matter is I highly doubt that the suburbs and out woop-woop would be covered by this service anyway, for the same reason they aren't covered by WiFi already. So yeah, not that useful to a lot of p