About a year ago, Microsoft made the decision to allow account holders to use Bitcoin’s to fund transactions through their Xbox and Windows stores. Bitcoins could be used to fund a Microsoft Account, allowing owners to purchase content from the Windows and Xbox games, music, and video stores. The software company has not ended that brief experiment with the digital currency, quietly updating its support pages to note that the Microsoft Store no longer accepts Bitcoin.
Though Microsoft will not refund balances still existing on user accounts, they are allowing users to continue to purchase content if the Bitcoins are already on the account. Microsoft says that this change applies to “Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile,” so it’s not clear if this also affects Xbox users. Microsoft’s move follows criticism of Bitcoin from prominent developers and pundits. Some have declared Bitcoin a failed experiment, while others think the cryptocurrency is dead.