Reports Offer More Confirmation of Microsoft’s Plans for Support of NFC Wallet

Reports are citing comments from Microsoft vice president and Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore as emphasizing an NFC-based “wallet experience” for the software giant’s planned Windows Phone 8 platform.

Tech site Pocketnow said Thursday that a leaked video of Belfiore discussing major changes in Windows Phone 8, codenamed “Apollo,” was originally intended for Microsoft's “partners” at Nokia. The changes from the existing Windows Phone 7 platform will include an NFC wallet that could be branded by carriers and controlled by SIM cards or embedded chips, Belfiore reportedly said. 

The NFC support will also include tapping to pair and share a range of Windows devices– namely smartphones, desktops, notebooks and tablets. Windows expert and blogger Paul Turret confirmed he’d heard many of the same changes, including that Windows Phone 8 will allow users to “securely pay and share via NFC.”

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