Microsoft and iPass forge deal affecting in-flight Wi-Fi

As the result of a new agreement, passengers using certain Microsoft devices and services will now have global access to 18 million iPass Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, some of which are available in-flight and in various airports.
The multiyear deal means that rather than requiring users to register and remember credentials for different Wi-Fi networks across the world, eligible Microsoft customers will be able to use their existing Microsoft service credentials to automatically gain access to iPass' global Wi-Fi network without providing credit card information to unknown Wi-Fi providers in remote locations.
"In this mobile era, connectivity is integral to the success of an agile business. By bringing together the iPass network with our products and services, we help our customers be even more productive by offering an integrated, friction-free Wi-Fi experience when they are travelling," stated Dayne Sampson, corporate vice president at Microsoft.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Microsoft and we know the iPass global network has been a key ingredient for driving cloud adoption and increased productivity for many of our enterprise customers and their business travellers,” remarked Evan Kaplan, iPass president and CEO. “I am thrilled that our unique collaboration with Microsoft opens the door for a wider audience of mobile, cloud and Wi-Fi first customers to reap the benefits of expanded connectivity. Together Microsoft and iPass will help our valued customers thrive in an ever-changing, accelerated world.”

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