Windows Phone has had a Wallet app for a while now, but it’s been rendered pretty much useless due to lack of support. Its only functions are to store payment information and gift cards and stuff of that sort. That will soon change, as indicated corporate VP of operating systems Joe Belfiore stated in an interview with The Verge.
“Windows is going to have a wallet concept. You’ve seen it on phones before. We’re going to continue to iterate it. We’re going to think about the range of payment scenarios.”
That’s pretty exciting news since other companies have come up with their own payment solutions, including Apple who finally hopped on the NFC train to support the technology. Microsoft did support Softcard mobile payment software on a few devices, at least until it was purchased by Google who discontinued support on Windows. The fact that Microsoft is working on their own improved software is especially exciting Belfiore he mentioned Windows Hello facial recognition technology as the kind of technology they want to use for payment authentication.
Of course, this is something that requires jumping through a lot of hurdles to, and security is a top priority. “[Mobile payments] is just one of these things that is a massive network of complexity,” Belfiore said. Microsoft wants to make sure that the solution is both secure and user-friendly. And while there’s no timeline as to when we can expect the new payment solution, we should expect it to come soon. And hopefully Big Red get it right this time around.
Source: The Verge