Microsoft revealed this week that Windows Phone 7.5 already supports NFC chips.
The software giant revealed the existence of NFC support in an interview with British tech blog TechRadar earlier this week. Will Coleman, developer evangelist and product manager at Microsoft UK, told TechRadar that it’s up to device manufacturers to enable the support in Windows Phone. “As far as I’m aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer),” said Coleman. “So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means.”
Coleman went on to explain that it’s all about timing for Microsoft and that the company has its own plans for NFC. “Think it’s about just about timing, in the not too distant future there are some exciting things that will be coming through with NFC from Microsoft,” said Coleman. Microsoft has previously promised support for NFC and more hardware choices with Windows Phone in 2012. Microsoft’s Windows Phone chief Andy Lees, revealed the company’s plans to support NFC earlier this year.
Near field communication (NFC) technologies are commonly used for quick payments at retailers. Google has its own wallet system that uses NFC chips on Android devices to pay for goods at retailers across the United States. Microsoft currently holds 14 NFC related patents, according to the U.S. Patent Office. The software maker is rumored to be preparing a “beaming” file transfer feature for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox. The feature could be part of Microsoft’s NFC plans.