Microsoft promoting Office 365 with unlimited free WiFi at UK train stations

Microsoft has been working hard to get the word out on Office 365 and its latest efforts to drive adoption of its subscription-based productivity offering are in the United Kingdom. The company has teamed up with WiFi hotspot provider The Cloud to provide free access to commuters at numerous UK railway stations. 

The Cloud already offers 15 minutes of free web access at many of the UK's larger stations, but for the next month, Microsoft's sponsorship deal will bring unlimited access to all users, with no restrictions on the number of devices that can be connected, the amount of data that can be downloaded or the duration of your connection. 

Users connecting to the service will see a branded launch page when they go online, providing links to more information on the Office 365 offering, Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablet.

Microsoft UK's chief marketing officer, Philippa Snare, said the campaign "is designed to help commuters tap into new ways of working. The mobile workforce is constantly growing and, as such, so is the need to access mobile internet." She added that, "simply put, our aim in sponsoring unlimited free WiFi is to ensure users are able to work anywhere - in the office, at home and in between". 

Microsoft and The Cloud will be offering the free unlimited WiFi access through to April 24, 2013. Access will be offered across the London Overground network, as well as at larger stations on the First Great Western and Greater Anglia networks. 

Source: Microsoft 
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Lingwo said,
I don't think my local station will have this. I don't think it even has any toilets.

What station is it? And who operates it?

I looked at the list of franchises that will ofer this, They are all south west where is the support for Northern Rail and ScotRail which are two large franchises.

You must be joking, the old trains are better than the new ones because they're bigger. Plus all we have are constant delays and cancelled trains and overpacked trains and overpriced tickets haha, we deserve this for having to put up with that all the time

I remember seeing a lot of them around newcastle a while back Other than being larger, there's little gain in the upgrade haha.

n_K said,
I remember seeing a lot of them around newcastle a while back Other than being larger, there's little gain in the upgrade haha.

319's a far better than Pacers (142-144). Four cars vs two, better acceleration, electric vs diesel, 319 can do 100mph vs 75 for Pacers, etc.

As someone who's had to use pacers day in, day out for the past 4 years all I can say is - nothing can possibly be worse than a pacer. Although at least most of the Northern ones don't have the bus style seats anymore.

Anyway... I can't ever say I've seen The Cloud wifi in Leeds station - it's not like its a small station now is it?

Biohead said,
As someone who's had to use pacers day in, day out for the past 4 years all I can say is - nothing can possibly be worse than a pacer. Although at least most of the Northern ones don't have the bus style seats anymore.

Anyway... I can't ever say I've seen The Cloud wifi in Leeds station - it's not like its a small station now is it?

there is something worse than a pacer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_153 a single car

Look, that photo is photoshopped.

Notice the laptop is sitting in wrong angle on the floor.

No one would lay on the floor with suit on unless there is a fight going on.

shozilla said,
Look, that photo is photoshopped.

Notice the laptop is sitting in wrong angle on the floor.

No one would lay on the floor with suit on unless there is a fight going on.

shozilla said,
Look, that photo is photoshopped.

Notice the laptop is sitting in wrong angle on the floor.

No one would lay on the floor with suit on unless there is a fight going on.

Well, she likes using her laptop in weird places.

I present to you: business woman using laptop.
http://imgur.com/a/gQMdH