A source that claims to be close to Microsoft has stated that the “Microsoft Points” currency system will be phased out by the end of 2012. By the end of 2012 all transactions will be done with real money. This might make transactions less complicated, the points system was often very confusing to new players, it often got you stuck with an amount of points that couldn’t be used for anything.
When Microsoft was asked to confirm this they stated this: “we do not comment on rumours or speculation.”. The change will affect developers for Windows Phone, the Zune marketplace and Xbox Live. The price of the items will be regional.