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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Report: Windows Phone 7 to get NFC mobile payments

A model holds the HTC Surround smartphone during an October event for the unveiling of Windows Phone 7 in New York. (Jin Lee - Bloomberg)
Microsoft may be joining the NFC party, according to a report from Bloomberg. No one is speaking on the record, but citing “two people familiar with the plans,” the report says that the first phones with the technology might be released this year.

The rumor suggests Microsoft is trying to catch up to Google, which already has the tech in its Nexus S and has reportedly been prepping for a big push to get NFC use up. A somewhat surprising report from IDC on Tuesday indicated that Windows Phone 7/Windows Mobile will be Android’s biggest competitor in the future as Nokia switches over to the platform.

As readers of this blog know, Apple is also thought to be putting NFC in some future version of the iPhone.

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