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Microsoft has started to remove its Points payments system as the default way to pay for music downloads and movie rentals or purchases in Windows 8. The recent change affects the way Windows 8 users will pay for digital content in the operating system. Previously, in Windows 8 betas, Microsoft used its Points system for all Video purchases and rentals.

The controversial currency for Xbox Live and the Zune Marketplace has been widely used across the Xbox 360 to purchase Xbox Live Arcade games, gamertag pictures, and other downloadable content. The system means users have to purchase bundles of points that equate to 80 Microsoft Points for every $1. In our own testing in the final copy of Windows 8, we are now able to pay for music or purchase and rent movies in the Xbox Video store by using a credit card. You're still able to use Microsoft Points, but the store defaults to credit card transactions. A welcome change from the confusion of having to convert Microsoft Points to currency in order to assess the true cost of a rental or purchase.

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post #2 of 18
Mixed feelings.

I know that MS points were a cumbersome thing, especially since they already have my paypal and card saved onto my account. Since they already had the ability to do the transaction without MS points, why go that route?

OTOH, having been able to buy MS points for below retail at times with coupons, discount codes, etc, makes me sad. I doubt I will have such an opportunity with my card or account being charged directly. Still have a good 10k points or so on my account even now.
    
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This is good for people like me who don't have an XBOX or Live account. Probably easier to pay the dev's too who make the apps...
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I hope this doesn't apply to Xbox though. Right now my main account is on the US Server, and i buy vouchers online to buy XBLA games :/

For PC, i don't mind this change. Being able to pay for $1-$3 applications directly with my card/paypal is fine...
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Microsoft has started to remove its Points payments system as the default way to pay for music downloads and movie rentals or purchases in Windows 8

rofl like people are gonna buy this stuff from Microsoft, dream on MS
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Good, the points system was stupid. I hated it on the Xbox. Oh, you need to spend 100 points? Too bad you have to buy 400.
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Microsoft has started to remove its Points payments system as the default way to pay for music downloads and movie rentals or purchases in Windows 8

rofl like people are gonna buy this stuff from Microsoft, dream on MS

Joke's on you... /rofl
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Mixed feelings.
I know that MS points were a cumbersome thing, especially since they already have my paypal and card saved onto my account. Since they already had the ability to do the transaction without MS points, why go that route?
OTOH, having been able to buy MS points for below retail at times with coupons, discount codes, etc, makes me sad. I doubt I will have such an opportunity with my card or account being charged directly. Still have a good 10k points or so on my account even now.

Right in the quote in the OP, it states that the Points system is still there. It's just that Microsoft is adding/changing to direct charge to credit card/paypal as the default payment method for Windows 8 Marketplace, but you can still pay with Points.
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I would buy TV shows to watch on my Zune HD occasionally, and found the points system quite annoying... good riddance I say.

It is surprising how much stuff the MS store actually has though lachen.gif.
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Good, the points system was stupid. I hated it on the Xbox. Oh, you need to spend 100 points? Too bad you have to buy 400.

This!

I've had points on my account for over a year now because every time I buy something I have to buy more points than I actually need. Idiotic system.
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