Windows Phone supports Near Field Communication – NFC

Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows Phone 7.5 platform already supports Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Apparently even though the technology is present in the phones, manufacturers are yet to enable it.

This was confirmed to the tech publication TechRadar by Will Coleman, a developer evangelist and product manager at Microsoft UK.

His quote:

“As far as I’m aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means.” “Think it’s about just about timing, in the not too distant future there are some exciting things that will be coming through with NFC from Microsoft.”

Similar to RFID, near field communication enables devices to quickly swap information once they’re touched together. With NFC, you could share things like text, images, URLs or other data using holding your phone up to varied ” smart tags.”

Obviously, commerce is the most anticipated use of the technology.