Microsoft has announced that it is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment option for buying digital content. The integration allows you to add funds to your Microsoft account with Bitcoin, which can then be used for purchasing digital content on Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox.
For the past few years, Microsoft’s Bing search engine has offered up the ability to convert multiple currencies. For example, simply head over to the site and enter “1 USD to Rupees” to learn that 1 US Dollar is equal to 62.03 Indian Rupees.
Now, the Redmond based company has added the digital currency, Bitcoin, to its arsenal of knowledge. Moreover, for all of you who are wondering, No – Google does not offer Bitcoin conversion at this time.
By Sam Sabri, Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm EST
There are a handful of exchanges out there if you’re looking to trade your local currency with an electronic currency like Bitcoin. Coinbase and MtGox are two of the most popular Bitcoin exchanges, but there are a quite a few others if you want choice. Kraken (www.kraken.com) is one of those exchanges and there’s a new app by the same name in the Windows Phone Store to keep you posted to current rates for various cryptocurrencies.
We've had a lot of demand from users to begin accepting Bitcoin at the Windows Phone Central Store, and today I'm happy to announce that support is here! Just in time for the holidays, Bitcoin users can now checkout with the digital currency at the Windows Phone Central Store and our other Mobile Nations stores including ShopAndroid, the iMore Store and ShopCrackBerry.
To kick off the Bitcoin support, we've even extended our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale to run a full week. That means until this Friday, December 6th at midnight PST tonight, you can save 25% on ALL orders using coupon code CYBER13.
Blockchain has been available on Windows Phone for some time, but we've failed to cover it until now. Billed as the first app on the platform to support Bitcoin, the app enables you to carry out transactions using the Wallet service (www.blockchain.info). The developer is also the same soul who was behind Web2Tile back in 2011.