Microsoft has improved the wireless networking service in its Windows operating system, which it claims will make hotspots easier to deploy and manage.
The company said that Wireless Provisioning Services (WPS) offers wireless network providers a way of provisioning and managing wireless hotspots.
Jawad Khaki, vice president of Windows networking and communications, said: "WPS for Windows XP and Server 2003 offer a more secure standards-based platform for Wi-Fi network providers that can reduce customer acquisition and support costs."
WPS allows network providers and enterprises to send provisioning and configuration information to a mobile client as it connects to the internet or a corporate network, providing provisioning and configuration of the client with a uniform sign-up procedure.
Microsoft claimed that this allows customers to have a standard connection to enterprise and public network hotspots.
The software giant said that wireless session security is improved because the automatic authentication and encryption in WPS minimises the chances that a user's wireless session will be broken into by rogue access points or hackers.
Billing would also be simplified because as soon as a user logs onto a wireless network the network will recognise the customer, automatically set up the session, and bill their account.
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