As the world is advancing to mobile payment, Microsoft is not joining the trend as they are pushing mobile payment ability to its Outlook app.
It appears to be a wise decision for Microsoft to add the new feature to Outlook as it seeks to compete with Google’s Gmail.
The new payments feature will essentially allow you to make payments for all the bills or invoices you receive in your Outlook inbox, without having to leave the email service. Microsoft is developing a framework that will use Microsoft Pay to handle bill and invoice payments directly inside Outlook, and the framework is said to be fast and secure.
“Businesses that send bills or invoice notifications to customers over email can now embed a payment action within Outlook.To get started working with payments in Outlook, please review our documentation,” the company said in the blog post. It also clarified, “Note that Outlook is not a bill payment service and Microsoft is not acting as a bill pay agent.”
Supported payment processing partners for Microsoft Pay in Outlook.com include Stripe and Braintree while the billing services include Zuora, and invoicing services include FreshBooks, Intuit, Invoice2Go, Sage, Wave, and Xero. The company said it is also working to include Fiserv.
In its blog, Microsoft said it will introduce the feature in phases with select Outlook.com users in the next few weeks, followed by a wider rollout in the coming months.
With this, users are made to note that the update rollout is not yet available but a later on thing to come.