Thursday, 3 March 2016

Windows 10 System Apps Review: Microsoft Wi-Fi

Note: This page is a review which forms part of the post Windows 10 System Apps Review

What’s this app for?

Well, it is an app, but much like the “Get Office” and “Get Skype” apps this is nothing more than a glorified shortcut. Microsoft Wi-Fi are hotspots of Wi-Fi that, if you’re in a location/country that provides the service, you get to buy yourself some online time and connect to Microsoft’s Wi-Fi service with your Windows 10 device.

Does it do the job it was primarily designed for?

Yes. Although the app in itself is like an electronic billboard advertising a service.

The app does nothing in itself really. It tells you what Microsoft Wi-Fi is and how to connect to it, as well as two links to an FAQ and the service’s T&Cs.

You don’t need the app to use Microsoft Wi-Fi although it’s possible that, unless you were near a hotspot, you’d not be aware of such a service if this app wasn’t in your start menu.

There’s also a chance that if you’re security minded, like myself, you’d never see Microsoft Wi-Fi come up as available in your network connections in the system tray. I’ve got all such options turned off via the Settings app as shown. There’s really not much reason or sense to have them turned on for a stationary device in your home … unless you don’t have any other method for connecting to the internet.

What’s the alternative?

Broadband for starters. Most people’s computers aren’t going to leave the house by themselves or even via our arms when we’ve got an ISP and a router hooked up. Some people might well have to rely on mobile broadband, which if one does, I doubt Microsoft Wi-Fi would be much of an option anyways.

Hit, Miss, or Maybe?

Hit; the app works doesn’t it? It’s hard to actually slam an app that does so little but also succeeds in giving attention to Microsoft’s Wi-Fi service by just being there. As for the actual service and value for money of it, well, that’s not up for review here.

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