Paying bills online can be a pain – particularly thanks to phishing scams that aim to trick you into wiring cash to crooks by posing as your bank.

Thankfully, Microsoft is integrating its payment service into Outlook, letting you send money without opening a separate browser window (and potentially tapping your credit card details into a fraudster's form.

Microsoft says the aim is "to reduce friction between action and intent".

In other words, to make your life easier.

Initial partners include payment services Stripe and Braintree, billing service Zuora, and invoicing services FreshBooks, Intuit, Invoice2Go, Sage, Wave, and Xero.

Any business that uses one of these providers to manage its payments will be able to send you bills to pay without leaving your inbox.

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