Microsoft has added the NFC tap-to-pay functionality for its Windows 10 Mobile. While I was aware about the NFC feature in most of the Lumia handsets I was still oblivious to the fact that they are yet to support tap-to-pay. The tap-to-pay feature will be first enabled for the Windows Insider using Lumia 950 XL and the 650 in the U.S region.
Microsoft officially confirmed that the feature will be up for use by later this summer and folks who own a Lumia 950 and 950XL can check out the same at Point of Sales(PoS) bearing the Microsoft logo. The Microsoft Wallet 2.0 has been supporting credit cards, debit cards and also gift vouchers as of now. The tap-to-pay has been in the works for quite some time and it is this project that was earlier codenamed “OnePay”, almost a year ago. Post that the officials preferred to remain mum and it is now that we have the tap-to-pay.
Android and iOS have already been letting their customers use the tap-to-pay option and they do support a majority of banks. Microsoft Wallet 2.0 will support Bank of America, People’s United Bank and will soon be adding up support for Chase, USBank, Fifth Third Bank and a few others as well.
The wallet coupled with the tap-to-pay options is a great way to pay for your purchases, no more digging out your credit card, it also annihilates the need for carrying the plastic cards. The best part however is that one could simply store their reward details in the wallet and scan the same to redeem. Microsoft further claims that they already have over a million retail locations that support Microsoft Wallet’s tap-to-go.