Microsoft Working to Bring Payments to Windows 10 'Soon'

Ina Fried

With Apple and Google both offering mobile payments support at the operating system level, the pressure is on Microsoft to offer its own option for Windows phones and tablets.

Be patient, Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore said in a joint interview with Re/code and The Verge after Monday's Lenovo Yoga launch event. "We have a bunch of work we are doing there."

More from Re/Code:

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tells Wall Street why he missed his Q3 Earnings
What's the difference between PayPal and a bank?
NBC thinks it can sell TV on the web without competing with itself

Microsoft has had the basis of a wallet in its mobile operating system since Windows Phone 8, but a full mobile payments option has been lacking.

Belfiore noted that the payments arena is tough because of the "massive network of complexity."

Marissa Mayer
Why Wall Street isn't giving up on Yahoo yet
Amid plunging sales, PC giants launch ads in fightback

Microsoft has been laying the groundwork, hiring Amazon payments product leader Iain Kennedy and applying for money-transfer licenses in various states.

"Windows is going to have a wallet concept," he said. "We're going to think about the range of payment scenarios."

Things like the company's Windows Hello authentication could be used to add more security to online transactions, but he said Microsoft is also looking at real-world payments.

As for the timing, all Belfiore would say is, "soon."