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Although New Yorkers will only have access to 200 hotspots, far less than the 4,000 available during Google’s campaign, they will be able to connect on any mobile device, not just Androids.

Microsoft has paired up with Boingo to deliver complimentary wireless networking in New York City and San Francisco. Beginning now and lasting through the end of 2012, the network will grow substantially larger starting November 1st when Boingo opens up access to over 200 Wi-Fi “hotzones” in the NYC area.

Unlike a similar promotion from Google earlier this year, you’ll be able to hop online with any Wi-Fi-enabled device, regardless of whether you’re using PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or Windows Phone hardware. Microsoft hopes the free networking will encourage more consumers to browse its upcoming Windows Store for Windows 8, set to arrive as part of the OS on October 26th.


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