Microsoft is planning to expand its support for cryptocurrency wallets across its upcoming hardware products, according to documents obtained by The Verge. Microsoft’s wallets will be integrated into a range of products, including the Xbox Series X, Xbox One X, HoloLens 2, and its Surface Duo device.
The documents indicate that Microsoft is working on software tools that will allow users to store and send crypto-assets like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin, as well as “ERC-20 tokens”, which are digital tokens created on Ethereum’s blockchain. The tools will be built into Windows 10, Xbox, and Surface devices.
Microsoft has not officially announced any plans to integrate cryptocurrency wallets into its products. However, the news follows on from the revelation earlier this year that Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform is integrating a “Crypto Toolkit”, which allows developers to create, test, and manage digital currency-based applications.
While Microsoft’s plans are in their early stages, the documents suggest that the company is serious about integrating cryptocurrency wallets into its hardware products. If the plans come to fruition, it would pave the way for the mass-market adoption of cryptocurrencies.