UK public WiFi provider The Cloud is to offer unlimited free WiFi access at numerous UK rail stations as part of a new collaboration with Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington-based company is sponsoring free WiFi for the the London Overground network of stations as well as UK rail stations run by First Great Western and Greater Anglia. Recombu reports that passengers connecting to the free WiFi will get completely unrestricted access to the web from their smartphones, tablets and laptops.
The news means those that frequent stations that currently have WiFi will no longer have a time limit for how long they can spend online. The partnership between Microsoft and The Cloud will run from March 25 to April 24 and Pocket-lint writes that users will see Microsoft branding on the splash page when they first connect.
Microsoft's part in this to advertise Office 365. The subscription-based Office suite launched almost two years ago, in June of 2011. The service offers access to different Microsoft Office products, including Exchange, Lync, and Office Web Apps. Office 2013 saw Offcie 365 expanded to include plans for home users, which is likely why Microsoft is eager to advertise the service to patrons of the UK's train stations.