Microsoft Pay will soon let you pay bills from your Outlook inbox

At Build 2018 today, Microsoft announced that it will soon make bring your Outlook inbox and Microsoft Pay together. With the upcoming integration, Microsoft Pay will let you pay any invoices or bills you receive via email right from your inbox, all without needing to hop over to a different website or service.

"We will soon be introducing payments in Outlook to help users to pay bills or invoices, right in email, without needing to switch to another app or service," Microsoft says. "Powered by Microsoft Pay, payments in Outlook is a fast and secure way to pay from within email."

To begin with, the service will be supported by a select group of payment processors and billing and invoice services. Those include Stripe, Braintree, Zuora, FreshBooks, Intuit, Invoice2Go, Sage, Wave, and Xero.

Microsoft says payments in Outlook will roll out in phases, starting with some users in the coming weeks. Over the next several months, payments will roll out more broadly.

Microsoft Pay integration comes in addition to support for adaptive cards in Outlook. The new card design format is available across several Microsoft services and enables developers to embed context-sensitive actions in messages sent via Teams, Cortana, and more. For more, developers can check out how to take advantage of Outlook Actionable Messages at Microsoft.

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