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Microsoft stops accepting bitcoins as a form of payment in its online stores

At the end of 2014 we announced that the giant Microsoft was beginning to accept payments with the popular virtual currency bitcoin, allowing users to use bitcoins when acquiring all kinds of digital content in the company's application stores. Everything seems to indicate that the initiative has not been successful: from Microsoft have announced that from now on they will stop accepting bitcoins.

Specifically, Microsoft has made the strategy change public by updating the frequently asked questions and answers section of the web, where it indicates that you have stopped accepting payment by bitcoins in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 devices. Microsoft takes the opportunity to explain that the users that today have a balance in bitcoins in their accounts they can use it to buy applications, but it will not be possible to add more bitcoins or receive a refund. Therefore, from now on we can only carry out transactions with traditional currencies.

At the moment, the company has not disclosed the reasons behind this decision. In fact, on the web it is not even specified whether the measure affects only users of Windows 10 devices or also owners of XBOX, the company's console. Despite this, everything seems to indicate that the number of buyers that used this form of payment regularly was not large enough for the company.

UPDATE: Microsoft has issued a statement confirming that the update of the FAQ on its website was an error, so the company will continue to accept payments with bitcoins.

Source: Microsoft.

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