I kind of liked the MS points, but alas they are no more.
Windows 8.1 is a good update to W8 and adds some nice features and tweaks that are much needed. The Start button really doesn't do anything though other than make the "hot corner" more visible so I am sure a lot of people won't be happy still. I'm really enjoying the tweaks.
Well as I hate 3D films, I'm not sure I am looking forward to 3D Skype.
@ponsaelius: The NSA only gets access to specific information that they have a legal order to obtain. Google, Facebook, Apple etc. all do the same as Microsoft, it seems ridiculous to single out one company for your complaint when they have all done it or does that not sit well with your foil hat?
Personally the DRM "issues" with the X1 didn't bother me and I was looking forward to the other features it brought in like the family library and re-selling/gifting of digital games but sadly that has been dropped. Hopefully it will come back later.
Excellent to see Paul back in the studio, enjoy your holiday/trip.
The Xbox One looks great to me, I can see where people would worry about the DRM but that isn't a problem for me and the additional features it brings like sharing with family is fantastic. Sadly however the internet complainers have killed this as MS have now backtracked to keep those grumblers happy. Thanks internet! NOT.
Windows 8.1 looks like it will deliver a good selection of improvements driven by customer feedback and that is great, looking forward to getting it installed after BUILD.
I can understand why MS introduced the points system as it gave a universal currency for buying items, a game in the US is the same cost as the UK, Australia, Japan etc The bulk purchasing of points in blocks reduced the charges per transaction, so there are not 10 2% charges when you by 10 $0.99 games. It is one charge to get X amount of points that allow you to buy 10 games.
As a consumer however I can see the need for a real value amount instead of a strange translated value.