You know that a service is not doing well when reporters have to look up what it is supposed to do, before writing a story saying it had been canned.
Wi-Fi Sense is a service mostly used on Windows phones (strike one). Once users enable the service, it allows them to seamlessly share internet Wi-Fi hotspots and passwords with their friends and contacts (strike two). Wi-Fi Sense has never really been promoted by Microsoft, despite its huge potential, and many users likely disable it or ignore it due to a lack of information on it (strike three).
Microsoft’s Gabe Aul said is a statement said that the cost of updating the code to keep the feature working combined with low usage and low demand made it not worth further investment.
The announcement was made in the release notes for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14342 which removed the service from the operating system completely. Those users running devices with it still installed will still be able to use it though but in a limited capacity.
“Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, will continue to get you connected to open Wi-Fi hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing,” says Aul.