Windows Phone 8.1 Adds Support for Apple's Passbook Passes

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft has added support for Apple's Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, which was released today as a developer preview. Microsoft announced this latest version of Windows Phone earlier this month and equipped the mobile OS with digital assistant and Siri competitor, Cortana.

    As noticed by Tom Warren of The Verge and reported by iMore, Microsoft has created a method that takes the data from a Passbook file and converts it into a card that is imported into Microsoft Wallet.
    It is not known whether Microsoft's system is operating independently of Apple or if the Redmond company has an agreement to convert the data to its own wallet. The service may not support iOS-specific features like Passbook updates and notifications, but the importing of data is apparently accurate.
    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 iPhone and iPod touch. Apple has continued to update the service, allowing third-party apps to create Passbook passes and adding support for gift cards.

    Article Link: Windows Phone 8.1 Adds Support for Apple's Passbook Passes
  2. Illusion986 macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    That's good news with passbook support. More phones use it more locations will incorporate it.
  3. D.T. macrumors 603


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    The MS and Apple love fest continues!

    Next up: MS Cloud services replaces iCloud ...
  4. advancewarsbest macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2013
    Hopefully with wider spread use more places will embrace passbook and replace giftcards/tickets for christmas/birthdays into passbook equivalencies. saving me from constantly forgetting about the gift cards I left at home!
  5. afin macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2012
    Interesting. Never realized it was a file type. Also surprised that apple doesn't rule over it with an iron fist.
  6. abhenry macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2014
    I wonder if this has anything to do with Delta Airlines (original supporters of Passbook) moving from iOS devices to Windows Phone devices...
  7. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Isn't it already? Gruber's using it in his app, and even stars in a promotional video for Microsoft about it.
  8. solipsism macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008
    Just like with iBeacon devices and BT, there is nothing preventing others from reading the data from Passbook passes.
  9. Daalseth, Apr 14, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2014

    Daalseth macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    Target Market

    Now Passbook passes, something that's been utterly useless where I live, is available on a Windows Phone, when I'd rather play blind-mans bluff on the freeway rather than use a WinPhone.

    It's like they know me.:D
  10. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    I don't think it's "Passbook support." It seems to me that it simply takes Passbook data and copies it into Microsoft Wallet. I don't think they'll be syncing with each other (although this isn't known right now).

    It seems that Apple's complacency with Passbook has given Microsoft Wallet an edge in being the standard used in mobile wallets unless Apple reveals their long-rumoured mobile payment system and improve Passbook with iOS 8.
  11. eswinson macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2014
    I hope it becomes kind of a open file type like iCal
  12. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
  13. solipsism macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008

    I think it's just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript data in a file.
  14. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    I have never even seen passbook in action, in any situation. Evidently, I fly on the wrong airlines, take the wrong taxis and drink the wrong coffee.
  15. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    iCloud runs off of Windows Microsoft Azure, but I think OP meant [strikeSkyDrive[/s] OneDrive and Xbox Live.
  16. kemal macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2001
    Good. Make it the de facto standard.

    ... But then, what if the MS version feels snappier?
  17. Mandesly macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2014
    Actually, Apple use Microsoft Azure and Amazon for some iCloud services,
    You can see it on your mac using Little Snitch or HandOff.
  18. solipsism macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008
    Maybe, but you also have to have actually allowed those passes to be added to PassBook. Some I get updated via a local app, like Starbucks, and others I get as an email attachment, like with an airline. Each pop up on my lock screen ready for me to slide access them when I'm within range. It's really very handy.
  19. TWSS37 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    Didn't realize Passbook was open source just like FaceTiLOLOLOL
  20. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Really sad Apple changed their minds about that. FaceTime would be so much more useful if everyone had it.
  21. D.T. macrumors 603


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I mean totally outsourced to MS, from infrastructure to implementation! :D

    Then MS abandons phone hardware ... Bing becomes the default search, Office gets pre-bundled on iPads! iTunes in the Windows distro! Wooo!
  22. TWSS37 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    Case in point, Google Hangouts is available on iOS, Android and desktops. It just is a more complete text/video option that has the ability to have a larger audience.
  23. Parasprite macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    I'm okay with this.

    I mean...I don't know anybody with a Windows phone but simple interoperability is probably encouraging to businesses at least.
  24. ghostface147 macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
    Not a bad deal. MS and Apple have pretty solid licensing agreements. Samsung should take note...
  25. iolinux333, Apr 14, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2014

    iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014

    I've started using Hangouts on my iPhone 'cause everyone else is starting to use it. I've *never* used Facetime. (facepalm for you, Apple)

    Apple needs to open up their stuff or they're going right back to the '90s where I abandoned them for almost 20 years. The only thing that brought me back to an Apple product was that my MBAir can dual boot to Windows. When Apple laptops and desktops could run Apple software only, there was zero reason for me to spend money their way.

    I only went to iPhone after checking that various Apps I *needed* including several Google and Microsoft apps were there, and also that Android users would have no trouble from what was happening at my end. I now need Android users to be able to see my iCloud stuff, and apple isn't letting that happen. I'm going to have to shift back away from iOS and iCloud and to something that more people use unless Apple lets some Android/Windows access pronto.

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