Microsoft quietly has stopped its support of bitcoin payments just a year after adding support for the crypto-currency in its Windows Store.
Softpedia the software encyclopedia noticed that change the first, which is confirmed through a note to its customers that they could no longer redeem the Bitcoin in a Microsoft account and that existing balances in the account would be available for making purchases from the Microsoft Store but are not refundable.
A public statement has to date not been released by Microsoft about this situation or change of policy on the software giant’s part.
Microsoft was given praise for its adopting of the bitcoin near the end of 2014. The Washington state based company, which partnered with Bitpay a payment company, said that that time the move was a sign that they were giving people different options and helping them be able to accomplish more on their devices and the cloud.
It is not clear however, what transpired since that time, presumably, few customers of Microsoft actually used the option for making payments, which made keeping it not a necessary thing.
The move by Microsoft comes amidst challenging times for the online currency community that has been divided over whether the digital currency is in need of huge changes to the infrastructure so that it can increase its capacity as one of its responses to growth.
The support given by Microsoft never amounted to something that would make or even break the online digital bitcoin currency.
However, the decision of one of the world’s biggest tech companies to no longer support the crypto currency is a clear indication that the bitcoin has a long way to come to be mainstream the global economy.
That in itself is neither a huge surprise nor a complete disaster as there a number of other bitcoin uses and the technology that is powering it beyond only an option for consumer payment.