Microsoft did give us some time to bid adieu to the Microsoft Points system sometime last month, as the software giant made the jump to include real world currency when it comes to being able to purchase downloadable games, music as well as movies from its Xbox service. Microsoft Points gift cards are currently still on sale and accepted, but it does seem as though Microsoft themselves are working to roll out a new range of actual money gift cards to meet the Windows 8.1 launch that is about to happen soon.
Right now, we have seen Amazon place a pre-order listing for a $15 “Microsoft Windows Gift Card”. According to the page’s description of the Microsoft Windows Gift Card, it mention that it can be used to purchase content on the “Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox stores.” There was no actual image of the card itself, but in the listing, it touts an October 18 release date – which incidentally, happens to fall on the same day that Windows 8.1 will launch officially. Other than that, the Amazon UK page does have several listings for Microsoft Gift Cards which the site claims will be made available nearly three weeks earlier, which is October 1st, and they will arrive in £15, £25, and £50 denominations.