NFC payments come to Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft CortanaThe launch of Microsoft Wallet has finally introduced contactless payment capabilities to smartphones powered by Windows 10 Mobile. This means that the official Lumia range is catching up with its rivals after a long period of failing to compete, according to Tech Radar.

Like Apple Pay on the iPhone and Android Pay from Google, the idea behind Microsoft Wallet is that users will be able to pay for goods and services at compatible NFC terminals across the UK, all without having to pull out a credit or debit card.

Microsoft Wallet is also compatible with a number of the software giant’s online services, including its Xbox store, which helps to streamline the payment process.

For the time being, this service is only available to Lumia users in North America, with a select number of handsets offering support. This includes flagship models like the Lumia 950XL as well as more affordable alternatives, like the Lumia 650.

An international roll-out seems inevitable in the next few months, especially as Microsoft is currently struggling to hold onto its dwindling market share with Windows 10 Mobile, while Apple and Google continue to make headway with their own platforms.