Get a Loan from Microsoft Edge?

Is a buy now, pay later loan from your browser a good idea?

Andy Spears
3 min readNov 18, 2021

This story notes that Microsoft is getting into the buy now, pay later loan business by way of its Edge browser:

Microsoft is always trying new stuff with its Edge browser, and its latest move is rather interesting. Rather than going through a retailer, Edge will offer a buy now, pay later (BNPL) option on the browser level.

“Usually, BNPL is offered in specific eCommerce websites like Target, Walmart. But now, Microsoft partners with 3rd party Zip (previously Quadpay) to offer a BNPL payment option at [the] browser level,” explains Microsoft’s Mei Hua in an announcement post spotted by “It means any purchase between $35 — $1,000 you make through Microsoft Edge can be split into 4 installments over 6 weeks.”

Besides clogging up your browser in an attempt to make even MORE money for Microsoft, the move begs the question: Is buy now, pay later really a good idea?

The Risks of Buy Now, Pay Later Services | by Andy Spears | Nov, 2021 | Medium

The short answer: Maybe.

Consumer advocates say buy now, pay later products can be helpful, but there are some areas of concern.

Lauren Saunders of the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) says of these products:

Buy-now-pay-later products, if affordable and truly free to the consumer, may help consumers



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .