Oct 08, 2012 at 02:13 PM
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Microsoft Promotes Windows 8 With Free WiFi Partnership

Microsoft, in partnership with Boingo, is sponsoring free Wi-Fi access at high-traffic New York and San Francisco locations from now through the end of the year to promote the launch of Windows 8. The Wi-Fi sponsorship aims to introduce the new Windows Store for Windows 8 to the consumer and app builder community.

As part of the holiday promotion, Microsoft's sponsored Wi-Fi is immediately available for users of all Wi-Fi enabled devices in six Manhattan subway stations, supported by Transit Wireless' state-of-the-art network, and across Wi-Fi hotzones covering iconic San Francisco locations including Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, UN Plaza, the Financial District, Nob Hill and more. Microsoft will also sponsor Wi-Fi via more than 200 Manhattan hotzones, starting November 1st.

"At Microsoft, we know that amazing apps are being built in New York and San Francisco, and we want to give talented developers the chance to launch their businesses through the Windows Store," said John Richards, Senior Director at Microsoft Corp. "We hope our Boingo Wi-Fi sponsorship will introduce the Windows 8 opportunity to app builders in NYC and San Francisco, while providing folks with Wi-Fi connectivity on-the-go."

The locations that will feature free wifi are part of the Boingo global advertising network, which includes more than 70 leading airports, dozens of shopping centers and stadiums, and thousands of hotels, restaurants and recreational areas, accessible to more than 1.5 billion people annually.

"Microsoft's sponsorship of Wi-Fi in New York and San Francisco is a testament to the targeted reach and deep engagement Boingo's Cloud Nine advertising network delivers," said Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing for Boingo Wireless. "Our Wi-Fi sponsorships deliver meaningful advertiser content to key consumer audiences, help partner venues meet their revenue needs, and keep people connected from subway station to city center."

"New York is always bustling during the holidays, and Microsoft's sponsorship of Boingo Wi-Fi on the Transit Wireless subway wireless network will help straphangers stay connected," said Jerry Page, MTA director of strategic initiatives. "We've received positive feedback from our subway riders on Boingo's sponsored Wi-Fi, and look forward to having them continue this free service through the holidays."