A model holds the HTC Surround smartphone during an October event for the unveiling of Windows Phone 7 in New York. (Jin Lee/Bloomberg)

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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