The latest Windows 8 beta features one notable change: Microsoft Points are no longer the default way to pay for content.
Previous versions of the beta used the virtual currency for all video purchases and rentals.
Microsoft Points have been the way users have been forced to pay for games and other services on Xbox 360, Zune, and Windows Phone since their inception.
The points can only be purchased in bundles, with the cheapest costing NZ$8.25 for 500 Microsoft Points.
“With Xbox expanding into new markets through Windows 8, we want to provide greater flexibility for you to purchase and access Xbox content,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
“Local currency will be the primary method for making purchases in Windows 8. If you happen to have enough Microsoft Points left in your account, you will also be able to make a purchase using them.
“Microsoft Points continue to be the currency for Xbox Live Marketplace. We have nothing to announce regarding future plans.”