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Microsoft and PayPal partner to promote mobile payments

Companies aim to bring mobile commerce support to Windows Phone

Microsoft and PayPal have joined together in order to promote mobile payments on Windows devices. Through this partnership, Microsoft will work to bring PayPal Here, a mobile card reader, to the Windows Phone platform, which has been without a valuable mobile payments service for some time. PayPal Here may make it easier for Windows Phone users to participate in mobile commerce, but whether or not this will be a welcome service among these consumers has yet to be seen.

Microsoft and PayPal will develop secure mobile card readers for retailers as well

Microsoft and PayPal will also be working together to develop more secure mobile card readers. These card readers will be used by small and mid-sized retailers that have an interest in engaging mobile consumers in an effective way. Mobile point-of-sale systems will enable retailers to accept payments from smartphones and other mobile devices. The card readers from Microsoft and PayPal are expected to become available later in the year and will be supported by devices that run Windows Phone 8.1.

Small businesses could engage mobile consumers more effectively through this new partnership

Mobile Payments Partnership - PayPal & MicrosoftSmall businesses may benefit from the partnership between Microsoft and PayPal. Small retailers have been looking for ways to engage mobile consumers in an effective manner, but have had some trouble doing so because of the complications of entering into the mobile commerce space. Companies like PayPal and Microsoft can help make this process easier, offering small businesses a chance to build a mobile audience that is interested in shopping for and purchasing products with their mobile devices.

Windows Phone will soon have a powerful mobile commerce tool

The partnership will also increase the mobile functionality of Microsoft’s devices. Windows Phone users have lacked a comprehensive mobile commerce solution for years, but the demand for such a solution has been high among these consumers for some time. Now that these people will have access to a high-profile mobile payments service, time will tell whether or not Windows Phone users will become a major market segment of the overall mobile commerce industry.

Microsoft may be gearing up for a mobile commerce push

Microsoft acquires Iain Kennedy, former payments product manager for Amazon

Microsoft may be getting serious about mobile payments. The company has recently hired Iain Kennedy, who was the payments product manager for Amazon for the past six years. Kennedy has extensive experience in the payments field and his work has helped Amazon find more success in the mobile space. Kennedy is now the product manager of Microsoft’s commerce platform, which may signal that the company is planning to take a stronger approach on the matter of mobile commerce.

Microsoft shows modest interest in mobile payments

Microsoft has a relatively modest interest in mobile payments. The company has dabbled in the field of mobile commerce in the past, but found that the market was too young and volatile to continue putting any serious effort into the sector. Now, consumers throughout the world have become enthralled with the idea of mobile payments, and many are demanding new payment solutions from the companies that they favor. This demand was enough to push Apple into the mobile payments space, but Microsoft’s efforts may be delayed to ongoing concerns regarding security and the viability of the market.

Kennedy could help bring Microsoft into the mobile commerce market

Mobile Commerce - MicrosoftKennedy has been involved in the developed of various mobile payment products. One of the products that he and his team at Amazon created was a digital wallet application, which could be used to make payments from a mobile device. This experience could go a long way with Microsoft, as the company has expressed interest in digital wallets in the past. A mobile wallet that is connected to the company’s gaming platforms could be well received by consumers, but exactly how popular it would be is impossible to say for certain.

New projects have yet to be revealed by Microsoft

While Kennedy has become the product manager for Microsoft’s mobile commerce platform, his work with the company may be completely unrelated to mobile payments. There has been no information given about the products that he will be working on, apart from the suggestion that they could change the way people buy and sell products in the real world.