Microsoft Wallet in Edge is undergoing enhancements to become a fully-featured web app on Windows 11. Over the past few months, Microsoft has been internally improving its ‘Wallet’ feature in Edge to support cryptocurrency wallets in select markets. In preparation for the integration of cryptocurrency, Microsoft plans to transform ‘Microsoft Wallet’ into a fully-functional web app for Windows 11.
For those who are unaware, Microsoft Edge already has a built-in wallet in Edge://wallet. This free tool allows users to securely save credit card information, including card numbers, expiry dates, and CVV codes. Edge Wallet offers protection for payment card details and can be used for shopping and payment gateways.
Similar to Apple Wallet, Edge Wallet includes additional features, such as an internally tested cryptocurrency wallet. In an unexpected move, Microsoft has turned Edge://wallet into a Progressive Web App (PWA) on Windows 11 and 10.
In Edge Canary, users can install Edge Wallet as a web app by clicking the pop-up in the address bar. While the Edge Wallet web app is still being tested, users can try it by enabling the command line flag “enable-features=msWalletPWA.”
Edge Wallet offers a seamless web experience and can be pinned to the taskbar or Start menu like any other web app. However, since Wallet is an internal page of the Edge browser, the overall experience is smoother compared to other web apps.
As mentioned earlier, Edge Wallet is also set to receive a “Cryptocurrency” feature, although it is currently unavailable to the general audience. This experimental feature is seamlessly integrated within Edge and eliminates the need for external apps or extensions to manage cryptocurrencies.
Edge Wallet supports various cryptocurrencies and provides real-time updates on currency value changes through deeper integration with exchange companies. Additionally, Edge Wallet logs transactions, allowing users to keep track of their activities. Other features include an “explore” tab for cryptocurrency news and an “assets” tab to display NFTs.
While the debut of Edge’s Cryptocurrency feature was expected in the fall of 2023, there is currently no update on its release date. In the meantime, Microsoft aims to transform Edge Wallet into a comprehensive solution for digital wallets, targeting those who are new to this domain.
By relying on Microsoft Edge Wallet, users can avoid the inherent risks and frequent scams associated with the cryptocurrency industry. This can be a preferable option compared to using third-party extensions, especially for casual users who may be unfamiliar with the complexities of digital wallets.