Microsoft officially launched its Windows Phone 8 operating system with built-in NFC support Monday, with the first phones supporting the platform shipping this week.
Microsoft noted that among the new features of Windows Phone 8, as already announced, is Microsoft’s Wallet application, which will enable users to store debit, credit, loyalty and membership card information and to make NFC payments.
Nokia this week began shipping its new flagship phone supporting Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920, along with the Lumia 820, in France and the UK. Nokia will ship the phones next month to the U.S. market, along with the Lumia 810 and 822–the latter exclusive to No. 1 U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless. All four Lumia phones support NFC.