Microsoft Store removes bitcoin payments for Windows 10

Bitcoin 3D logo render, Microsoft Store stops accepting Bitcoin payments for Windows 10
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Less than two years after adding it, the Redmond giant removes the option to redeem Bitcoin cryptocurrency to purchase software and devices online.
Codrut Nistor,

Back in December 2014, Microsoft started to accept Bitcoin for online purchases of software, hardware, and Xbox media content. Less than two years later, they decide to remove this payment method, but not for everyone. Right now, it looks like users of Microsoft's gaming consoles can still use Bitcoin to purchase content.

According to a message posted on an official webpage, the Microsoft Store does not accept Bitcoin and this restriction applies only to Windows 10 and Windows Mobile for the time being. This is the entire message on the matter: "You can no longer redeem Bitcoin into your Microsoft account. Existing balances in your account will still be available for purchases from Microsoft Store, but can't be refunded."

Fortunately, multiple reports coming from Xbox users reveal they can still use this payment method. For how long, that remains to be seen. Even after its partial removal, the Bitcoin option remains limited to customers in the United States.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-14 (Update: 2016-03-14)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.