Microsoft is reportedly planning to extend support for crypto wallets to its upcoming range of Windows-powered smartphones and tablets. According to a document obtained by Italian technology news site WindowsBlogItalia, the Redmond-based tech giant intends to reinforce its hardware product environment with this move.
The document reportedly suggests that Microsoft’s plans extend to multiple hardware products, including the 2017 Windows 10 Mobile update, the Surface Book laptop, and the holographic-based Microsoft HoloLens. In all cases, the document claims, the intentions include offering support for popular crypto wallet services, including Bitcoin.
The news follows a report earlier this month that Microsoft is now permitting Microsoft Store applications coded in languages such as Python and Node.js to use the web-based services of popular cryptocurrency exchanges, including Coinbase and Gemini.
The document does not suggest that Microsoft plans to offer wallet hardware or development tools, but it does appear to be signaling support for potential users. If the reports are true, it could represent a strong move by Microsoft to stimulate deeper involvement from crypto-focused developers. This added support could result in a host of creative contributions to the Microsoft hardware ecosystem and encourage deeper involvement in the broader crypto space.