Technology giant Microsoft seems to have plans to enter the arena of NFC. The company has applied to register a new patent for its upcoming Microsoft Tap and Do initiative. According to the application, the trademark will be used to cover all of the company’s products that make use of NFC technology. This includes hardware, such as computers and mobile devices, as well as computer software. While this has implications for Microsoft’s long-term goals with technology, one of the mark’s immediate uses may be with the Windows Phone 8.
The next iteration of the company’s smart phone was unveiled last year, but the device’s use of NFC technology had been little more than speculation since then. The speculation was sparked in September 2011 when Microsoft revealed that its new Windows 8 operating platform would be incorporating NFC. With the release of the Windows 8 Near Field Proximity Implementation Specification document, which was released in February of this year, Microsoft seems certain that the technology will be supported by its latest smart phone.
According to Microsoft, the Tap and Do image will be used for anything that involves NFC connectivity and interaction. The image differs greatly from the standardized images used by the NFC Forum and EMVCo, which are widely used in the mobile commerce industry to identify where NFC-powered payments are supported.
Microsoft is expected to release more information as the release date for Windows Phone 8 approaches.