Redmond has just launched the Metro version of its Skype WiFi application. This Modern UI app offers support for both desktops and tablets that run either Windows 8 or Windows RT.
For the uninitiated, the Skype WiFi app provides quick and easy WiFi access through hotspots at public places like hotels, restaurants, bars, airports and train stations.
It allows users to connect to the Internet using a hotspot and pay for the minutes used with Skype Credit, making this a handy and affordable option for users that travel frequently. The official description Microsoft has put up explains it best:
“Skype WiFi is a fantastic way to browse the internet when you’re on the move, using your Skype Credit as payment to log in to public WiFi hotspots around the world. No more fumbling with credit cards or cumbersome sign up processes when you’re out there – you can simply use your Skype Credit to get online. You only pay per minute for what you use.”
An iOS version of the application is already available for Apple users, for both the iPhone and the iPad.
The application connects to the Internet with a simple tap or click, and the device can then be used to browse the Internet and download files. Each session lasts for a maximum of 30 minutes, whereby users can reconnect if they wish to continue.
Skype WiFi is available on the Windows Store with a freeware license.