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The Barclays Pingit mobile-payment application has finally arrived on Microsoft Windows Phone, more than 10 months after the company originally pledged to release it.
Pingit appeared on the Windows Phone Store on Monday. The application offers the same services to those seen on its iOS and Android equivalents, and is designed to make it quicker and easier for people to make and collect payments using their mobile device.
Prior to the launch, Windows Phone was one of the few mobile operating systems that did not offer the app. Even declining smartphone vendor BlackBerry – which, according to Kantar Worldpanel, now only holds a 1.1 percent share of the UK smartphone market – had a Pingit app before Windows Phone.
Barclays originally pledged to bring Pingit to Windows Phone in September 2013 following an extended period of discussion about "whether there was adequate interest in the platform to justify it".
The Pingit application has proved popular as a mobile banking service, according to Barclays. The bank revealed its mobile banking applications, such as Pingit, had handled over £10bn worth of transactions by June 2013.
Despite the success of mobile services like Pingit, Barclays announced that it would be making cuts to its IT and software-development departments as a part of a wider plan to shed 19,000 staff globally in May.
It is unclear how the cuts will affect Pingit's development cycle. In the past Barclays has proactively worked to improve Pingit and has rolled out a number of upgrades over the past year.
Barclays expanded the app to feature a custom checkout service that lets businesses directly integrate Pingit payment options into their existing mobile applications and websites in September 2013.