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Microsoft recently announced that the company will be integrating the Payment Request API into Microsoft Edge with the Windows 10 Creators Update. The feature is already available on Windows 10 Build 14986 for PCs, but we were recently able to get a sneak peak at how the feature will look and work on Windows 10 Mobile as well — so here’s a quick look:
Web Payments on Microsoft Edge will basically integrate with Microsoft Wallet to make the payment process a lot simpler and seamless. When you purchase something from a website that supports the Payment Request API, you will be taken to Microsoft Wallet where you will need to login to your Microsoft Account and setup Wallet. Once setup, Microsoft Edge will automatically log you in the next time you try to purchase something on a website that supports the Payment Request API.
The feature will automatically use the payment methods from your Microsoft Account, making it much easier to pay online as you will not have to manually add your credit card details everytime you buy something. But of course, if you want to use a different payment method, you can do that too.
Web Payments on Microsoft Edge is definitely a very neat feature — unfortunately though, the Payment Request API is a fairly new API which is yet to be supported by major browsers on both desktops and mobile devices. Along with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome is the only browser that supports the Payment Request API on PCs and Android devices — leaving out Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers which are also widely used. It will take a while until the Payment Request API is the standard for online retail as it is only available on a select number of browsers so far — but it may start showing up across the web in a few years time when more browsers start supporting the API.