Skype WiFi: Another iOS app for Microsoft’s portfolio

Skype today released its free Skype WiFi app for iPhone and iPad. It’s the latest in a flurry of new product releases from the company prior to the completion of its acquisition by Microsoft.

Formerly known as Skype Access, the Skype WiFi service essentially acts as a middleman between WiFi users and a variety of WiFi hotspot providers around the country. Prices start at 6 cents a minute. It’s meant to be a solution for quickly accessing email, checking a website or making a Skype call without ponying up for a lengthy stay on a premium wireless network.

The new iOS app will make the most sense for iPad users without 3G connections on their devices. It’s available here in Apple’s App Store. Skype WiFi is available separately for laptops.

Microsoft is in the process of buying Skype for $8.5 billion, the largest acquisition in the Redmond company’s history.