Hundreds of wireless hotspots in New York and San Francisco are going to be free through the rest of 2012 thanks to an interesting marketing campaign that Microsoft is releasing in conjunction with Windows 8. The new operating system will be released October 26.
In an effort to promote its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft will sponsor free Wi-Fi hotspots in New York and San Francisco from now until the end of the year.
The Wi-Fi will be live in six Manhattan subway stations via the Transit Wireless network. The companies did not specify which stations will be included, but Transit Wireless currently serves stations at 23rd St. and 8th Ave., 14th St. and 8th Ave., and 14th St. and 6th Ave, according to its website. Service in New York City will also extend to 200 "hotzones" starting Nov. 1.