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One of the biggest buzzwords in the mobile industry right now is NFC, or Near Field Communication — a short-range wireless technology for transmitting data. NFC lets people make a payment, for example, by bumping an NFC-enabled phone against a device on the cash register.

Google’s Android has already adopted the technology, Apple is reported to be working on it, and now Bloomberg News reports that Microsoft plans to add the technology in the next version of its Windows Phone operating system.

The Bloomberg report, citing anonymous sources, says the first Windows Phone handsets with the technology could be released as early as this year. The report notes that Nokia could be helping Microsoft with the technology under their new partnership.

See Business Insider and Engadget for more on the news. We’ve asked a Microsoft representative for a comment, and we’ll update this post depending on the response.

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