Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 Creators update is coming with yet another treat. Microsoft has announced the Payment Request API for Microsoft Edge which when set up, enables simpler checkout and payments on the web on both your Windows 10 PC and Mobile device.

Since this is an early implementation of the feature, the stable builds will be shipping with the Edge HTML 15 in the Creators Update in early 2017.

If you are a Microsoft Wallet user, the Payment Request API works with the Windows 10 PCs and phones, which in turn make e-commerce faster and simpler for customers and merchants alike.

In Microsoft Edge, the Payment Request API connects to Microsoft Wallet (with the user’s permission), allowing easy access to payment information associated with the user’s Microsoft Account. Because payment information is securely saved in a digital wallet, shoppers don’t have to navigate through traditional checkout flows and repeatedly enter the same payment and shipping address information repeatedly. The wallet can provide a faster and more consistent experience across websites, which saves shoppers time and effort by allowing them to securely share saved payment information.

For developers, you can start exploiting the API today, starting with Windows Insider Preview build 14986. The Microsoft Wallet user experience allowing for end to end testing will be available in an upcoming Insider build soon.

Initially, the Wallet will support US billing and shipping addresses and the English language (en-US locale). Support for additional geographies and languages will be added in 2017.

More details and full documentation for the Payment Request API in Microsoft Edge are available at the Payment Request Developer Guide on Microsoft Edge Dev, and the Payment Request API Reference on MSDN.

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