Earlier this week we told you that Windows Phone 7.5 supports NFC but Microsoft has taken a U-turn over its previous statement that the current series of Window phone i.e. Windows phone 7.5 supports NFC or near field communication technology. Earlier Microsoft’s Will Coleman said that Windows Phone 7.5 supports NFC but it needs to be enabled by OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). He also said that manufacturers have not taken advantage of NFC and are yet to exploit this area.
Now, Microsoft has issued a new statement stating:
Microsoft would like to correct a previous statement it made around Near Field Communications. While NFC is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year.
Well, that at least justifies why Nokia didn’t include NFC on Lumia 800 as it has been including NFC in its earlier range of devices. So, in short if the software is not capable of running NFC technology, the hardware companies cannot do anything about it. Rumors are that the inclusion of NFC will be done with the launch of Windows 8 for mobile codename Apollo. Microsoft is also gearing up to bring NFC wallet technology next year and we might see a glimpse of it in the Mobile World conference next year.
Although Microsoft was pretty quick to take back its previous statement and issue a new statement, we would have still loved to see NFC running on Windows phone 7.5.