Microsoft, PayPal Ring Up Surface-Based POS for Small Retailers
Microsoft said the same attributes that make the Surface Pro 3 a good laptop replacement can help stores streamline their POS and desktop computing environments.Making good on their promise earlier this year to deliver a mobile point-of-sale (POS) solution for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), Microsoft and PayPal have officially launched PayPal Here for Surface. "In January [at the National Retail Federation show], Surface and PayPal announced plans to introduce a mobile payment solution designed to help solve these challenges for SMB retailers, with a PayPal mobile card reader and Windows app designed to work with Surface," stated Angela Lean, a senior manager for Microsoft Surface. U.S.-based small retailers can purchase complete PayPal Here for Surface bundles, including the Surface Pro 3, a mobile card reader and POS hardware at full Microsoft Store locations. For example, a bundle containing the tablet, card reader, a stand and lock starts at $963. PayPal Here first launched in 2012. Like its popular rival Square, it offers a way for small businesses, casual sellers and providers of professional services to accept payment cards on their iPhones and Android smartphones. The PayPal Here mobile payments app is also now available as a free download at the Windows Store app marketplace (U.S. only). In its bid to lure in small retailers, Microsoft argues that the same attributes that make the Surface Pro 3 a suitable laptop replacement can help stores streamline their POS and desktop computing environments. Packing a fourth-generation Haswell Intel Core processor (Core i3, i5 or i7), the tablet can run the full desktop version of Windows, and by extension, the massive library of available Windows-based business applications.
Microsoft surprised tech watchers last May, when instead of announcing the long-awaited Surface Mini, it debuted an even larger, productivity-oriented Surface Pro 3. The tablet would later go on to help the company's ailing Surface brand cross the $1 billion mark for the first time during a quarter.