RFID company Sirit has struck a deal with Microsoft that could see NFC – the so called ‘tap and go’ mobile payment system – coming to Windows Mobile devices. According to the twosome, Microsoft will use Sirit’s embedded software and technology to speed up NFC adoption for Microsoft-powered handsets, as well as developing applications to support contactless payments.
Microsoft said it intends to develop application programming interfaces (APIs) and other support to give mobile makers and applications developers a hand with producing NFC-enabled devices.
NFC is typically associated with mass market consumer devices rather than the more business-y Windows Mobile device – could this be a sign Microsoft is willing to follow BlackBerry and get a little more consumer? Either way, the Sirit deal it sounds like good news for Windows Mobile users.