VeriFone is testing a mobile point of sale system built on the Windows 8 Pro operating system for use on tablets that integrate with retailers' existing systems.
The new device is the San Jose, Calif.-based terminal maker's first foray into developing software on the latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system. It's currently in a pilot, with a full launch scheduled for September.
Windows 8, released in 2012, has a core architecture configured in different versions for desktop and tablet machines. This new version of VeriFone's Payware Mobile runs on Windows 8 Pro. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 hardware comes with an attachment that provides a strap to hold onto the device, a card reader and bar-code scanner. The system can accept credit and gift cards, as well as signature debit transactions.
"Retailers are increasingly eager to adopt mPOS but have been frustrated by proprietary platforms that ignore their major investments in the Windows-based point-of-sale systems on which they run their businesses," Joe Mach, VeriFone senior vice president and general manager of vertical solutions, says in a VeriFone release.
The Windows-based architecture in this version of Payware allows merchants to integrate the mobile POS platform with their existing business infrastructure, including multichannel management, store operations, e-commerce, merchandising, financials and supply chain management, VeriFone says in the release.
"The availability of mPOS platforms that easily integrate with existing back-end infrastructure and traditional POS systems is a must for retailers today," adds Michelle Tinsley, the director of transactional retail in the retail solutions division of Intel, which developed the processor used in the Lenovo tablet.
The Payware line of mobile payment technologies also includes versions for use on Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices, as well as versions for Google's Android mobile operating system.
While it's VeriFone's first Windows 8-based platform, the company previously developed a version of Payware for the Windows Phone 7 operating system on the Nokia Lumia 900. The system was developed as a custom project for Microsoft to revamp the mobile point of sale functionality at its 77 retail stores in North America and was later publicly released.
For Microsoft's part, the tech giant has made several efforts to build new technology for payments. Smartphones developed on the Windows 8 operating system can incorporate Near Field Communication technology and the company partners with Fortumo, a mobile carrier billing provider.