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Microsoft has unveiled a digital wallet and NFC technology as two of the key features of its forthcoming Windows Phone 8 OS which will be available on smartphones launching in autumn 2012. The company also said the wallet will need to work with a secure SIM from a mobile operator in order to handle mobile payments. Orange will use the wallet on NFC-based WP8 smartphones launched in France, according to Microsoft which also said it is talking to Isis, the joint venture between three leading US operators, about a launch in 2013. Microsoft's approach is in contrast to how Google has positioned its wallet which launched last year.