News stories featuring Microsoft:
April 18th, 2017
Customers of Lloyds Banking Group across the UK will soon be able to log into their online banking accounts using fingerprint or facial recognition through Microsoft’s Windows Hello biometric authentication technology. The banking group is to trial the solution with Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers with Windows 10 devices in the second half of this year.
March 24th, 2017
Starbucks customers across the US will soon be able to purchase gift cards using Apple Pay and send them to friends and family within Apple’s iMessage platform. The move comes as the coffee giant reveals it now has approximately nine million mobile paying customers with one in three using Mobile Order & Pay, which accounted for 8% of all transactions made across US stores last month.
January 17th, 2017
US bank Fifth Third has announced it will support the five major mobile payment services — Android Pay, Apple Pay, Masterpass, Microsoft Wallet and Samsung Pay. “Consumers are rapidly adopting mobile payments and we are providing our customers with every option available,” says Jimm Bell from Fifth Third. The bank has witnessed a 133% increase in mobile payments among its customers since it added Apple Pay support in 2015.
January 5th, 2017
PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled a series of solutions for secure wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) at CES 2017, including a new test bed to support the development of products and applications using…
December 19th, 2016
Microsoft has unveiled a preview implementation of the Payment Request API in Microsoft Edge that will enable online payments on Windows 10 through Microsoft Wallet. “You can begin to develop for the Payment Request API today in Microsoft Edge on preview builds, starting with Windows Insider Preview build 14986,” Microsoft writes in a blog post. “The Microsoft Wallet user experience allowing for end-to-end testing will be available in an upcoming Insider build soon.”
November 11th, 2016
Australian travel booking website Webjet has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a blockchain proof-of-concept solution for online booking services. ‘Smart contracts’ are being built to remove the risk of data inaccuracies, streamline payment processes and improve data security. “Blockchain… could potentially assist every one of our partners in the [travel] supply chain to improve their efficiency,” says John Guscic from Webjet.
November 1st, 2016
TD Bank in the US has begun supporting Microsoft Wallet. “Pick your TD Bank Visa card, make sure you have a compatible device running Windows 10 software and click on the Microsoft Wallet app,” the bank says. “Then with the app open, tap the + sign in the app and follow the instructions to add your card.” The NFC mobile payment service was unveiled in June 2016, supported by nine US banks and financial institutions. PNC added its backing in August and Chase is expected to support the service next year.
October 24th, 2016
Mastercard has signed deals with Google, Samsung and Microsoft to allow its customers that use Android Pay, Samsung Pay or Microsoft Wallet to shop online wherever Masterpass is accepted, while Google has announced a similar…
October 11th, 2016
US bank Chase is to begin supporting Microsoft Wallet “next year” according to a tweet from Chase Support. “Readers should note, however, that Microsoft Wallet only works on some of the newest Lumia devices, including the Lumia 650, 950 and 950 XL,” MSPoweruser reports. The NFC mobile payment service was unveiled in June 2016 with initial support from nine other US banks and financial institutions. PNC added its backing in August.
August 16th, 2016
Customers of US bank PNC can now add PNC Visa consumer and small business debit and credit cards to Microsoft Wallet. “SmartAccess cards will be available soon,” the bank says. PNC commercial and Mastercard credit cards are not eligible at this time. The NFC mobile payment service was unveiled in June 2016 with announced support from nine other US banks and financial institutions.
August 16th, 2016
A group of students from MIT Media Lab have teamed up with Microsoft Research to develop interactive and customizable on-skin electronics equipped with an NFC chip for transferring information to a mobile device. As well…
July 28th, 2016
Microsoft is to extend its Windows Hello biometric authentication solution into apps and websites via the Microsoft Edge browser. “Beyond the hardware, Windows Hello will also give you instant access to paired apps and protected websites on Microsoft Edge — all while maintaining enterprise-level security,” Microsoft says. The update forms part of the company’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
July 27th, 2016
A group of Australian banks have submitted an application to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), urging for the right to ensure they are able to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers.
June 22nd, 2016
Microsoft has introduced an NFC payment feature for users of Windows 10 Mobile devices in the US through its Microsoft Wallet app. The company says the move comes “in response to feedback” from its customers and with…
June 13th, 2016
Microsoft will unveil a new Wallet 2.0 app this summer that will bring with it host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments, an internal build of the updated app seen by Windows Central reveals. “I was able to enable Tap to Pay successfully on a Bank of America debit card,” the publication reports. “When first launched, Wallet will check your Microsoft Account for any credit cards already linked and import those for Tap to Pay. My Lumia 950 even utilized Windows Hello for my account authentication.”
June 6th, 2016
Microsoft is to open up its Windows Hello biometric authentication solution so users can unlock a Windows 10 PC or laptop with a wearable device, the company announced during a keynote at Computex in Taiwan. “The head of Microsoft’s Windows Interact division, Li-Chen Miller, demonstrated the technology using the Nymi Band,” CNET reports. “By swiping her wrist past an NFC reader on her laptop, Miller logged in using Windows Hello, saying the process was three times quicker than typing passwords.”
March 3rd, 2016
Customers of Poland’s Bank Pekao with a Windows 10 Mobile device can now use the bank’s PeoPay host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service to make transactions at any contactless terminal. The service is believed…
February 17th, 2016
A new Windows 10 smartphone pitched at business users offers NFC connectivity and Microsoft app integration for less than US$200. The Lumia 650 will be available in select European markets beginning February 15, Microsoft says. The device is also expected to include support for host card emulation (HCE).
December 11th, 2015
Microsoft is adding support for loyalty cards to the Wallet app for Windows 10 Mobile. “The new version allows users to scan and add in retail loyalty cards for the first time,” Windows Central reports. “Support for loyalty cards means that shoppers can ditch the old-fashioned credit card-like method of collecting reward points in favour of scanning the card’s information on their smartphone.”
December 9th, 2015
Xbox One gamers across the US can now make online purchases from the game console’s new ecommerce store by scanning on-screen barcodes with their mobile device. TV commerce solutions provider Von Bismark has worked with Powa Technologies to roll out The Mall on Xbox One, which will make use of Powa’s mobile payments platform PowaTag.
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