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November 20, 2023

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July 26, 2023

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May 2, 2023

On the wires

Microsoft Teams Up with GoDaddy to Enable Payments Over Virtual Meetings

PR Newswire

"Building on a shared vision to enable small business success, GoDaddy, the company that helps entrepreneurs thrive, and Microsoft announced a new partnership to help small businesses seamlessly accept payments during live Microsoft Teams meetings with customers. GoDaddy is one of three commerce providers Microsoft selected for this launch, citing GoDaddy Payments' rapid growth as a leading payments provider in the U.S. as a key reason."

March 24, 2023

On the web

Microsoft is Building a Cryptocurrency Wallet into its Edge Browser

The Verge

"Microsoft is building a cryptocurrency wallet for its Edge browser even as the crypto markets struggle. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the software giant has been testing the Microsoft Edge built-in crypto wallet internally in recent months, with plans to eventually ship it to consumers. It’s just the latest feature coming to Microsoft’s increasingly bloated Edge browser. Screenshots of the crypto wallet leaked online last week thanks to Twitter user Albacore, who regularly documents unreleased features in Windows."

September 8, 2022

On the web

Microsoft Remembers It’s 2022, Says It Will No longer Accept Check Payments


“Microsoft has told customers it will no longer be accepting payment by check as it looks to modernize its accounting systems. The Register uncovered an advisory from the computing giant issued to direct-bill partners transacting through its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program in the US and Canada confirming that it would not accept check payments from the end of this month. “Effective October 1, 2022, Microsoft will remove the check payment option from new commerce invoices. This change affects only the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada,” the advisory states.”

May 9, 2022

On the web

Google Cloud Assembles Web3 Team to Leverage Emerging Metaverse

“Google Cloud Platform is putting together a Web3 specialist team to take advantage of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The cloud computing services suite says its new Web3 team will focus on building services for developers running blockchain applications. In addition, the team will also provide blockchain services to enterprises and customers looking to leverage the technology. The new Google Cloud Web3 division, to be helmed by former Citigroup executive James Tromans, already has a descriptive agenda set out. This reportedly includes better management of blockchain nodes as well as software for exploring blockchain data in third-party applications. Back in January, Google already hinted at this specialist division with pre-existing and established partnerships with blockchain projects. The company believes that the emerging metaverse and all its trappings offer so many untapped opportunities to exploit.”

April 27, 2022

On the wires

Mastercard Launches Next-Generation Identity Technology with Microsoft to Help More Consumers Shop Online Safely

“Mastercard on Monday announced the launch of an enhanced identity solution designed to improve the online shopping experience and tackle digital fraud in a new collaboration with Microsoft Corp…Mastercard has directly addressed these needs by enhancing its Digital Transaction Insights solution with next-generation authentication and real-time decisioning intelligence capabilities. The solution pairs Mastercard’s network insights with the merchant’s own data to confirm the consumer is who they claim to be, providing financial institutions with the additional intelligence needed to optimize their authorization decisions and approve more genuine transactions.”

April 15, 2020

On the wires

Ethoca to Bring Digital Receipts to Consumers Through Collaboration With Microsoft

Ethoca, a Mastercard company, today announced an expansion of its collaboration with Microsoft that will bring Microsoft customers simple access to their digital purchase receipts through their banks’ mobile applications, enabled with Ethoca’s Digital Receipts service. Today’s digital consumer is demanding more transparency about their online purchases to eliminate transaction confusion and simplify the overall payment journey. It’s not uncommon for digital goods providers to experience false claim rates of 80% or higher from consumers who often fail to recognize their own purchases, or those of family members who have access to payment credentials. This results in a growing number of consumers using the dispute cycle unnecessarily.”

August 7, 2018

On the wires

Microsoft Pay is now available with Masterpass

“Microsoft Pay now supports Masterpass by Mastercard, so that consumers can use their Microsoft account for fast and secure checkouts at their favorite retailers that accept Masterpass, without the need to reenter their information. This work further advances Mastercard and Microsoft’s shared goal to help optimize the payment experience for customers and merchants alike.”

July 20, 2018

Top Post

Facebook, Google And More Unite To Let You Transfer Data Between Apps


“From porting playlists in music streaming services to health data from fitness trackers to our reams of photos and videos, the DTP could be a boon for startups. Incumbent tech giants maintain a huge advantage in popularizing new functionality because they instantly interoperate with a user’s existing data rather than making them start from scratch. Even if a social networking startup builds a better location sharing feature, personalized avatar, or payment system, it might be a lot easier to use Facebook’s clone of it because that’s where your profile, friends, and photos live.”

June 14, 2018

Top Post

Microsoft Reportedly Working On Rival Amazon Go Tech For Cashier-Free Stores

The Verge

“Microsoft is reportedly working on technology that could be used to power check-out free retail stores. Reuters reports that the software giant has been talking to Walmart about using the tech, which will rival Amazon’s own Go initiative. Amazon first launched its cashier-free convenience store in the company’s hometown in Seattle last year. Shoppers can simply grab items and leave, as the store is fitted with multiple camera and sensors that use computer vision algorithms to detect what items you’re taking out of the store and charged to your account.”

May 7, 2018

On the web

Microsoft Pay comes to Outlook, integrating Stripe, Braintree, Sage, Wave and more


“Microsoft Pay — Microsoft’s answer to Android Pay and Apple Pay that was originally launched in 2016 as Microsoft Wallet — is getting a little more useful today. At Build, Microsoft announced that it will be integrating its digital wallet service into Outlook. This means that, for the first time, when a company sends you an invoice in an email, and you are using Outlook to read it, you can pay that bill directly, without needing to leave Outlook and open a different app or service.”

March 9, 2018

On the wires

LaterPay Launches Payment Model Offering for SaaS Companies, Signs Up Microsoft Germany as Technology Partner

“Using LaterPay Pro, Microsoft Germany partner aConTech Enterprise IT Solutions will allow its customers to offer the Microsoft Azure Backup service without first having their customers register and pay upfront, a process that results in high abandonment rates. Customers will only be prompted to register and pay after meeting a 250 euro threshold. As part of this offering, LaterPay will also allow fully flexible threshold amounts on a per provider basis.”

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