News: Microsoft Wallet with tap to pay is now available for Windows Insiders.
Microsoft is bringing contactless payments to Windows 10 mobile phones in order to compete with Apple, Samsung and Google.
The company introduced contactless payments with Microsoft Wallet to Windows Insiders running Build 14360 or higher. It also works on Lumia 950, 950 XL and 650 only in the US.
The feature works at more than one million retail locations. General availability for US users is anticipated this summer, and Microsoft did not reveal details on international availability.
Apart from payments, Microsoft Wallet also lets customers store reward and membership numbers so they can be referenced or scanned from their phone.
Microsoft has worked with Visa and MasterCard on the cloud-based payment technology.
Microsoft payments director Will White said in a blogpost: "In our digital stores today, whether it’s Xbox, Office or the Windows Store, our customers enjoy the ease of signing in with a Microsoft account and having their secured payment information on hand to quickly and more safely purchase products.
"Our customers have asked us to extend similar experiences to their phones and we are excited they can now enjoy easy, more secure transactions with Microsoft Wallet and tap to pay on their Windows 10 Mobile phone."
Microsoft is the latest firm to launch the contactless service, which allows consumers to use their phones on stores’ payment terminals to complete purchases.
Apple Pay was launched the second half of 2014, while Samsung. released its mobile payment service in late 2015.