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Microsoft removes Bitcoin payment options from Windows 10 PC and Mobile accounts

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If you have any Bitcoins, they are no longer welcome by Microsoft for payment of digital content for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The company has quietly removed the option of adding Bitcoins to Microsoft accounts for those two operating platforms.

This Windows 10 support page on the Microsoft site{.nofollow} states:

"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."

Microsoft started accepting Bitcoins in Microsoft account back in December 2014. Once in the account, they could be used to buy digital content from the Windows Store for things like apps, games and in-app purchases, along with the Xbox Store for games and other content.

At the moment, this change appears only to affect Windows 10 PC and Mobile users, since the option to redeem Bitcoin to a Microsoft account via other means is apparently still live.

Via: Softpedia

  • Bitcoin isn't an official payment option.It's illegal in many countries. Posted from my phone
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  • it is "segal" in my country unfortunately
  • Segal?
  • "Semi-legal"?
  • Seagulls?
  • Mine! Mine! Mine!
  • Steven Seagal?
  • Johnathan Livingston Segal
  • Semen + Segal = Seababy Now you know Seagal............
  • I wonder if this is part of the wallet and Microsoft payment system relaunch or is this just because bitcoin is not doing so good.
  • We have news about the payment method? The MS wallet it's useless now. Posted from my phone
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  • My wallet on Wm10 doesnt even working. Cant even add anythng.
  • really, I use it for starbuck and other royaty cards almost everyday.
  • Maybe bec. im from canada and no stores or payment available for wallet
  • I am from Canada too, there are apps support wallet for royalty cards and Strbucks card. and for the lastest win10 mobile you can actually see rogers sim under it too, hint that if Rogers willing, the Rogers SureTap could support too.
  • Same here
  • 1 Bitcoin is 413.40 USD today. Seems to be doing fine.  
  • who ever uses bitcoin by now is a winner
  • it has been going up for a while, ocassionally upand down, but it has been doubled since last year when I started to mining them. It might still going up more, since ther were only designed to be certain amount in total.
  • Maybe I'm naive in this subject but I've always associated Bitcoin with nefarious activities.
  • The mainstream media often refer to it regarding drugs and stuff like that. Europol did report saying the favoured currencies for criminals were the 500 euro note (called the 'Bin Laden' due to it's use by terrorists to easily transport cash) and the US dollar (popular for anonimity). Bitcoin is listed as the least used by criminals.  I have Bitcoin. Mostly I use this site to get discount at Starbucks using Bitcoin. Works pretty well.            
  • You are correct with regards to physical money. But it is favoured online because it is difficult to trace the origin of the funds.
  • me too, and you got starbuck card cheaper that way. and technically free from me, since all my bitcoins are mined or thru free feucet.
  • do you know the official currency for ISIS is US dollar? 
  • WRONG they have their own currency its called islamic derham which is basically gold and silver coins
  • Financed by US dollars Posted via the Windows Central Beta App for my Lumia 950 XL
  • Unlikely. The US dollar fluctuates in value so much that it would be stupid to base a coin made of gold and silver on paper money. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Time to ditch Microsoft 
  • Why were Bitcoins ever used? How are they payment?
  • Why is physical cash still payment?
    It's anonymity. That's why it came about. It's just another way to pay for things. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm waiting for carrier billing for buying apps from Windows store, though how it's going to work say in a laptop I have no idea.
  • Only if you have a phone that uses the same MS account with this option enabled by the network is my guess.
  • Weird, I can do this, though why anyone would want the carrier to syphon $ off the top is beyond me.
  • What can I buy with Bitcoin that I can't buy with regular currency?
  • Drugs.
  • and weapons
  • I've personally taken a look over the "dark web" where you can buy all this stuff, drugs, weapons, children, women....really scary S.H.I.T... No other way to put it... When we say drugs, Not a dime bag, Millions of dollars worth in volume.
  • Countries Posted via the Windows Central Beta App for my Lumia 950 XL
  • Redeem your device from Ransomware.
  • sketchy fake currency no longer welcome ... i am surprised that tech companies were/are takng it in the first place.
  • I don't understand it so therefore its sketchy
  • I used to do some Bitcoin trading. You could make a few bucks due to the volatility of it, but could also lose everything if it crashed.
  • Goodbye,Good Riddance. I never used them and never will. I remeber seeing something about Bitcoin on my local Fox 25 News Channel, and how bad they are no thanks. i'll stick to my CC payment TY. 
  • It's because need channels don't understand it. News is doing what news does best, spreading FUD. It's online currency that is hard to track, just a way to pay for things online with the same benefits as cash. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Never used it
  • "Never used it" Thanks for letting us know.  
  • so ms takes all bitcoins that are in your acc?
  • No, you can still use any credit you've topped up your MS Account with - You just can't get a refund on your balance or top it up with BitCoin any more, you'd have to top it up using a gift card, or credit/debit card etc.
  • Come on! More options... why not?
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  • Is this a trend ? Does someone at Microsoft see a limit on Bitcoin's future  ? As they say, Something is only worth what someone would pay for. If you have bitcoin and others are starting to stop carring it, it might the the wrighting on the wall..
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