It looks like that there is one more feature in the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 – it supports for Apple’s Passbook files.

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Apple’s Passbook Passes

As we all know that Apple’s Passbook passes in iOS 6 is one of the best ways to store all the tickets, coupons, boarding passes, loyalty programs and other important cards all in one place.

Finally, Microsoft has added support for Apple’s Passbook passes in its Windows Phone 8.1 update that released yesterday as a developer preview. The company has declared about its all new phone earlier this month and equipped its all new OS with digital assistant and Siri competitor Cortana that is one of the best features.

Microsoft has also developed a method that takes the data from a Passbook file and converts it into a card, which is imported into Microsoft Wallet as noticed by Tom Warren of The Verge and reported by iMore.

“Passbook passes are just collection of data that get rendered into a card and displayed in Apple’s Passbook app. Think of the Passbook files like the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript data that makes up a webpage, and the Passbook app like the browser that renders the actual page. It looks like Windows Phone 8 is taking the same data and rendering a similar card out of it, and then pushing that card to Microsoft Wallet.”

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Still, it is unaware that whether Microsoft’s system is operating separately of Apple or if the Redmond company has an agreement to convert the data to its own wallet. Well, the service will not support completely like iOS-specific features such as Passbook updates and notifications, but the importing of data is apparently correct.

In 2012, the passbook started and was the major new app bundled in iOS6. Moreover, the company also allowed digital wallet to store tickets, coupons, gift cards, loyalty cards and many more in a centralized location on user’s iPhone and iPod touch. Recently, Apple also updates its service, enabling third-party apps to develop Passbook passes and adding support for gift cards.

Microsoft revealed Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this month with the alluring feature being a Siri-like voice-driven personal assistant ‘Cortana’. At that time, the company did not mention of its built-in support for Passbook files as the company make it a secrecy feature added in by the Redmond, Wash., software giant.

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