Apple is also rumored to be bringing NFC to iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, but the rumors are shaky at best. Visa in 2010 experimented with NFC for iPhones with a special case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS.
Given Google's interest in NFC payments, it's no surprise that Microsoft wants to follow suit. The two companies have similar mobile strategies that focus on producing mobile OS software instead of creating both mobile software and hardware as Apple and Research In Motion do. Microsoft's new agreement to become the primary platform for Nokia phones in 2012 may also give the company a wider platform to introduce Windows Phone 7-styled NFC.