Windows Phones may only make up a tiny amount of the smartphone market, around 0.7 percent, but Microsoft is still bringing new features to the platform. Yesterday, the company announced that the updated version of its Wallet app will include NFC tap-to-pay support.
Windows Insiders who use a Lumia 650, 950, or 950 XL and are signed up for “Fast Ring” previews can get the updated Wallet 2.0 app now and use the tap-to-pay feature at stores where you see a contactless payment symbol or the Microsoft Wallet logo. It works in the same way as its Android Pay and Apple Pay counterparts – just make a payment by placing your device near the terminal.
Microsoft says its “cloud-based payment technology” works at more than 1 million retail locations and supports MasterCard and Visa from eight major banks and credit unions, including Bank of America and Chase.
The new wallet 2.0 app also has an area for loyalty and customer cards, such as gym memberships, that can be scanned into the app or input manually. A barcode is then generated for easy scanning and users can pin those individual cards to their Start screen for quick access.
As the updated app is still in an early preview mode, don’t expect all the features to work perfectly. Wallet 2.0 will probably be pretty buggy until the final version is released, which is expected to arrive as part of the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
There’s no word on when or if the new features will be available outside of the US.