Microsoft tests Wi-Fi management service

Microsoft is beta testing a forthcoming service that helps users manage Wi-Fi hotspot connections.

Some Office 2007 beta testers can test drive a forthcoming service from Microsoft that helps users manage wireless connections when they are using Wi-Fi hotspots.

According to the Techlog.org blog, Microsoft this week allowed select beta testers of Office 2007 to preview a forthcoming service called Windows Live WiFi Center. Office 2007, in beta 2 now, is expected to be available to business users by the end of the year, and consumers in early 2007.

Microsoft confirmed through its public relations firm Wednesday that Windows Live WiFi Center is now available in a "limited, managed beta."

The service will offer users a simple and secure way to locate and connect to Wi-Fi "hotspots," or networks, globally, Microsoft said. It will also provide users with encrypted connections for secure and nonsecure wireless network connectivity.

Key features of Windows Live WiFi Center include a network locator, which allows users to search for free and fee-based wireless networks all over the world, and network management, which lets users see what networks are around them and get information about the networks, including the network address, description, available amenities, service providers and signal strength.

Customers of the service also can label networks as "favorites" for future connections, track connection history and manage network preferences.

Windows Live WiFi Center also will provide built-in security, including a VPN (virtual private network), which lets users secure a connection on unsecured wireless networks, Microsoft said.

Microsoft also plans to launch the Windows Live WiFi Hotspot Locator Web site. (http://hotspot.live.com) The site helps people find wireless hotspots and is accessible through any PC.

Since Microsoft launched its Windows Live services in November, it has amassed a portfolio of Web-based services, some of which were previously part of its MSN portfolio, and some of which are new. More information about Windows Live can be found at http://get.live.com/?mkt=en-us

Windows Live got a lot of attention when it was first launched, but critics have become increasingly skeptical of whether Microsoft can use the services to drive advertising revenue and keep up with competitors Google and Yahoo.

They also are waiting to see when sales made through the company's adCenter paid-search advertising platform -- which the Live services are supposed to support -- will pick up steam. Microsoft launched adCenter in the U.S. in May, but it has yet to contribute to the overall financial health of the company's MSN division, where the platform resides.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Montalbano

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?