Microsoft Points give way to real currency in Windows 8

Microsoft Points are no longer the default means to pay for digital music and movies in Windows 8, according to a report.

Points are still accepted, but Washington-based Microsoft has replaced it as the default means of conducting online transactions with credit cards, according to a report in The Verge.

Microsoft created Points to avoid paying credit card fees, but critics have long complained about the company's funny money — in the US, 80 points is equal to US$1. Some noted that figuring out the true cost of a song wasn't simple and could even be misleading (a typical 79-point song is about US$0.99).

The Verge reported that Microsoft's Xbox is still using the Points system.


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