Microsoft’s launch of Windows Phone 8.1 has marked a turning point in the operating system. While it is just a dot-one upgrade to what was currently out there, it finally brings Windows Phone up-to-speed with the other competing platforms when it comes to features. Microsoft is not just being smart about adding features, but also in adopting emerging standards that could become popular.
Apple’s Passbook hasn’t necessarily been the most acclaimed feature that we’ve found since iOS 6, but we have seen services like airlines continuously support the service. It is rather convenient that the service will keep a wallet of all your coupons and cards, and it does have a future as long as more services keep supporting it. Microsoft has decided to join Apple and provide support in Windows Phone 8.1 to Passbook files. Any passbook coupon or card that you receive on a Windows Phone will automatically be added to Microsoft Wallet for your convenience.
We haven’t had a chance to test the service, and see if Microsoft Wallet is as practical as Passbook, where cards are automatically accessible to you on the lock screen once your boarding time for an airline comes close. Hopefully Microsoft will follow this trend with other service in order to make other services a standard.