Microsoft announces to add native NFC to Windows Mobile

Microsoft and RFID vendor Sirit have announced plans to collaborate on adding proximity technologies to Windows Mobile. The agreement aims to integrate near field communications (NFC) into the operating system, providing contactless payment, secure access, control of home entertainment systems, and other features, the companies say. NFC is already widely used in Japan, where commuters […]

Microsoft and RFID vendor Sirit have announced plans to collaborate on adding proximity technologies to Windows Mobile. The agreement aims to integrate near field communications (NFC) into the operating system, providing contactless payment, secure access, control of home entertainment systems, and other features, the companies say.

NFC is already widely used in Japan, where commuters commonly use it to quickly purchase train tickets or pay for parking by waving their phones in front of sensors. About 30 percent of all phones shipped globally will incorporate NFC by 2011, according to an NFC study report published in January by ABI Research.

Microsoft says it will include application programming interfaces (APIs) and other native support for NFC and contactless technology in Windows Mobile, and that Sirit's technology and expertise will play an important role in the integration. No timeframe for completion of the project was announced.

For several years, Sirit has marketed SDIO- and USB-based RFID readers, such as the "hockey puck" USB version seen above. The products are touted as being easy to install in Windows Mobile smartphones and Pocket PCs.

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Microsoft, RFID, Windows Mobile, NFC