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Microsoft is under fire for the payment service built into Edge.  Buy Now, Pay Later appears automatically in your browser

Microsoft is under fire for the payment service built into Edge. Buy Now, Pay Later appears automatically in your browser

Microsoft has built a new extension in its Edge browser that allows users to use the “buy now, pay later” service if the browser senses that users are trying to make a purchase via the e-commerce service.

The payment service is provided by the American company Zip (formerly Quadpay) and they operate much like Klarna here in Sweden. The add-on has gone into beta but has now been released to all Edge users who have downloaded Edge 96. Several users have criticized Microsoft for building the add-on into Edge by default. They believe that the extension risks slowing down browsers, and that services like Zip can be financially harmful to those who may already have a precarious economy.

And Microsoft employees aren’t too happy that the Zip add-on is now available as a standard in Edge. The blog post in which Microsoft writes about the extension is tagged with some less useful tags like “badideas,” “bloat,” “embarrassment,” “exploitation,” “garbage,” “greedy,” and “horrible.” You can see all the tags in the blog post below.

The Zip service is available in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, which means that for now this probably doesn’t affect Swedish Edge users that much.

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