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Microsoft’s last play to cling onto Windows 10 Mobile users revealed

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Microsoft has launched a mobile payments app for Windows 10 Mobile customers, in perhaps its last hope of keeping users out of the clutches of Android and iOS.

Microsoft Wallet is rolling out to Windows Insiders with Lumia 950, 950 XL and Lumia 650 owners.

The cloud-based mobile payments technology will make it possible for those select few users to pay for goods and services anywhere they see the Microsoft Wallet logo in the US.

Although those logos are probably going to be rarer than rocking horse poop, users will be able to pay at stores supporting NFC payments sporting the contactless payments symbol.

That means it’ll work everywhere that accepts Apple Pay and Android Pay, with Microsoft claiming a million stores around the country.

Both Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards can be added, while Wallet will also house users’ loyalty and store cards.

“Microsoft Wallet is a cloud-based payment technology that will make mobile payments simple and more secure for Windows 10 Mobile devices,” the company explains, “starting in the U.S. with our Lumia 950, 950 XL and 650, and usable in over a million retail locations; anywhere you see the contactless payment symbol or the Microsoft Wallet logo at the point of sale.”

No news yet on when the platform will roll out all users.

Mike Latham

June 22, 2016, 1:02 pm

That's your headline? 'Microsoft’s last play to cling onto Windows 10 Mobile users revealed'? Really? Windows 10 mobile will always roll on as an adjunct to Windows 10 - the success (or otherwise) of the new MS Wallet is irrelevant. Who cares? Someone will always want Windows in a small form factor and so there will always be Windows 10 mobile users. It doesn't matter if MS make the hardware, or HP, or Asus. It doesn't even matter if those mobile devices become powerful enough to run legacy software and the full desktop OS. It may never shift in 'droid numbers, but Windows on Phones isn't going away.

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