PayPal still doesn’t have an official app for Windows consumers that they could download from the Store. And, as we were saying in a previous story, it seems unlikely for one to appear anytime soon. But chances are that PayPal is aiming for a more business-oriented approach.
Windows Central publication is informing that PayPal Here, a credit-card scanner and app service similar to Square, is set to launch on Windows and Windows Phone sometime in early 2015.
The scanner itself will be the same one currently available to iOS and Android users, but PayPal is said to soon be pilot testing its Windows and Windows Phone apps. Here’s what PayPal say about their plans to somebody who sent in an email requesting for more details:
“Good news – we are working on PayPal Here for Windows right now and would like to invite you to participate in the pilot program in January-February 2015. As a pilot merchant, you will receive a reader and an early version of the app and your feedback will help shape the future of the product. The app will first be available on Windows 8.1, then Windows Phone 8.1.”
This is a little surprising since, as I said, there isn’t currently an app that would allow PayPal users, such as myself, use my Windows tablet to send and receive funds. It seems that they believe Windows devices will be more used as POS units, but I say that average customers should be treated first.