According to a new report posted on The Verge, Microsoft is killing off the Microsoft Points system for cash and gift cards. The Points system has been used mainly for the Zune originally but more recently for the Xbox console, but the new gift cards will work across various marketplaces including the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store and Xbox.
According to The Verge, the shift from a virtual currency to physical cash has been a “long time coming”. The move, which is similar to Apple’s iTunes vouchers, will allow users to use real currency to download content. Cash transactions via a credit or a debit card will also be supported.
Microsoft is planning to unveil the giftcards around the time of E3 next month with a launch later this year, possibly alongside the new Xbox console.
After months of rumours, it’s always nice to get an official confirmation isn’t it? Well, Microsoft have done just that and have revealed a lot more about Windows 8.1.
Microsoft today stated that the Windows 8.1 Preview will ship on the 26th June- the same time of BUILD. “We have much more to share about Windows 8.1 in the coming weeks. We will also be making a public preview of Windows 8.1 available starting on June 26, timed with the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The preview will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
So there we have it. Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012 will all benefit.
Microsoft has already mentioned that this update will be free and available via the Windows Store upon its release.
Source: Blogging Windows