Microsoft added support for Apple’s Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, which was recently released as a developer preview. The Redmond giant announced this latest version of Windows Phone earlier this month and equipped the mobile OS with digital assistant and Siri competitor, Cortana. As noted by the folks over at The Verge, Microsoft had created a method that takes data from a Passbook file and converts it into a card that is imported into Microsoft Wallet.

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.
It isn’t known whether Microsoft’s system is operating independently of Apple or if Microsoft has an agreement to convert the data to its own wallet. This service may not support iOS-specific features like Passbook updates and notifications but the importing of data is apparently accurate.

For those of you who didn’t know, Passbook debuted in 2012 and was one of the major new apps bundled in iOS 6. The digital wallet permitted companies to store tickets, loyalty cards, coupons, gift cards and more in a centralized location on a user’s iOS device. Apple has continued to update the service, allowing third-party apps to create Passbook passes and adding support for gift cards.

Source: Microsoft via Tom Warren (Twitter)