Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin to buy Xbox games and Windows apps

Microsoft is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment option to download digital content. The software maker quietly started supporting the digital currency earlier this week, months after adding a Bitcoin currency converter to its Bing search engine. Bitcoin can be used to fund a Microsoft Account, allowing owners to purchase content from the Windows and Xbox games, music, and video stores. While Bitcoin can be added to a Microsoft Account balance, it cannot be used to purchase services like Office 365.

It’s a surprise move from Microsoft, and it’s one of the first big tech companies to support Bitcoin fully — beating rivals Apple and Google. Microsoft is integrating BitPay to process Bitcoin transactions, and any money added through Bitcoin…

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