Microsoft has rebranded its built-in payments framework on Windows 10 from Microsoft Wallet to Microsoft Pay, following in the footsteps of Apple and Google with Apple Pay and Android Pay.
The name change comes via an update from the Microsoft Store, which updates the Wallet UI to say Pay instead. The new app is designed to make it easier to spend over the holiday season. Microsoft Pay brings support for the Payment Request API to Edge.
This means a website can request a payment for an item, and the app will be launched with your details already filled in, ready to approve the spend.
Microsoft has been working on the feature since last year, and the Payments API will also be available for UWP apps in the Windows Store.
While theoretically available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, it requires a minimum OS version of 16299 (Redstone 3), which never made it to Windows 10 Mobile.
Payment Request API is a W3C standard, meaning it does not depend on online stores adopting Microsoft technology, meaning it may soon become much easier to pay on the internet, even from Edge.
The app can be seen in the Store, but be warned that clicking on the link appears to cause the app to be installed automatically with no visible UI. To see it in action you can visit a test site here.
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