Report: NFC tap-to-pay coming soon to Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft Wallet 2.0, coming as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, will let you pay via NFC credit card terminals, and will support loyalty cards from a range of US-based merchants.

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The upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary update—also known by its codename, Redstone—will have lots of new features for PC users. But Windows 10 Mobile users will have some new goodies, too—among them being an updated Microsoft Wallet app and NFC tap-to-pay support.

Windows Central got a chance to try an internal development build of the new Wallet 2.0 app, and says the new version has a section for loyalty and membership cards, and another section for credit and debit cards. 

According to Windows Central’s Daniel Rubino, he was able to associate his debit card with his Lumia 950, and successfully made a payment using the NFC tap-to-pay functionality in the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update. He also notes that the new Wallet 2.0 app is compatible with loyalty cards from a number of popular merchants, such as Petco, JC Penney, Rite Aid, and more.

Although it’s unclear for now, Rubino guesses that Windows 10 Mobile’s NFC tap-to-pay functionality will be US-only to start. “The US-focused store listings for the loyalty cards implies this as a US feature and once we finally enabled it on a localized UK phone, there were no banking or credit card options,” Rubino notes in the report.

If you have a phone running Windows 10 Mobile, you won’t have to wait much longer for Microsoft Wallet 2.0 and NFC tap-to-pay: The Windows 10 anniversary update will arrive sometime this summer.

Disclosure: The author of this article provides copywriting services to TechSoup, a nonprofit organization that works with Microsoft and many other technology companies to provide nonprofits with technology products and services. His role at TechSoup does not influence his work for this publication.

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