MICROSOFT IS binning its Skype WiFi service, having announced plans to shutter it on 31 March.
This news is unlikely a huge blow for many, although Skype WiFi - which allows users to get online using Skype Credit at more than two million WiFi hotspots worldwide - was likely a popular tool among small and medium-sized businesses.
The service, which is currently available for Skype users on Android, iOS, Mac and Windows, will stop working at the end of this month, Microsoft confirmed in an FAQ on its website.
"From March 31st 2017, Skype WiFi will no longer be available," the firm said. "You won't be able to download the Skype WiFi application, and if you still have Skype WiFi installed after March 31st, the application will no longer be able to find and use hotspots."
"You can still use your Skype Credit to enjoy Skype's other features, such as calling mobiles and landlines in many destinations at great rates."
The firm hasn't said whether its Microsoft WiFi service, currently available for Windows 10 devices, will be coming to Android, iOS or macOS.
Microsoft hasn't said why it's dumping the service either, but added: "We're retiring Skype WiFi globally so we can better focus our efforts on bringing you the best possible experience through our core Skype features." µ
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