For those unfamiliar, briefly, Bitcoin is a type of digital currency in which encryption technology is put in place to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, without the need of a central bank. Now if you’ve been harnessing bitcoins as miner or purchasing each bitcoin, you can use them to add money to your Microsoft account to pay for goods at the store.

Pay with Bitcoin to buy Microsoft products

On your computer, select Pay with Bitcoin and then simply pay from your Bitcoin wallet. If you’re using a smartphone, scan the QR code displayed on the page to pay with your Bitcoin mobile app wallet.

If your wallet resides on another computer, copy the receiving address and BTC amount to the wallet on your device or the Web and then make your purchase. Finally, once the funds has been transferred you can spend the money on the Xbox Store to buy new games, music or movies, or you can go to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store to buy new apps like you usually do (nothing is different at this point).

Things to keep in mind:

Although, most Bitcoin transactions are process immediately, it could take up to two hours to complete your purchase. Money added to your Microsoft account using Bitcoin cannot be refunded. You can only buy digital goods and you cannot buy Microsoft products and services directly at this point. Microsoft is supporting Bitcoin on United States only. You can only exchange up to $1,000 per day or equivalent currency. You cannot exchange more than $5,000 on additional Microsoft accounts at your name.

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