Microsoft to kill Microsoft Points for gift cards which work on Windows and Windows Phone

Windows gift cards

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.


The Verge

Microsoft: Windows 8.1 Preview coming on 26th June

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

Microsoft: Windows 8.1 will be free


Microsoft Windows CFO Tami Reller today confirmed that Windows Blue  will be free. Reller also confirmed the name Windows 8.1 which was recently seen in leaked development builds of the OS. Microsoft revealed that the update will be free and available from the Windows Store for all Windows 8 and Windows RT users. Microsoft reiterated that the Windows 8.1 Preview will ship on 26th June for both Windows 8 and Windows RT

Tami Reller, speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference has also announced that the Windows Store now has more than 70,000 apps since launch!


Source: Neowin