Microsoft apologizes: We still accept bitcoin

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Technology company Microsoft was forced to apologize on Monday, after accidentally announcing that it would no longer accept bitcoin.

Contrary to an earlier statement, Microsoft users can still use the virtual currency to buy content in the Windows and Xbox stores. Earlier on Monday, the software giant mistakenly suggested it had stopped accepting payment in bitcoin.

"We apologize for inaccurate information that was inadvertently posted to a Microsoft site, which is currently being corrected," a spokesman told CNBC.

A now-deleted post on Microsoft's website indicated there was no more bitcoin for Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile users. The post was picked up by tech site Softpedia Sunday and sent the technology blogsphere buzzing.

"You can no longer redeem Bitcoin into your Microsoft account," the errant post read. "Existing balances in your account will still be available for purchases from Microsoft Store, but can't be refunded."

In December 2014, Microsoft began accepting bitcoins for Windows 10 store purchases from users in the United States. Transactions were made through the bitcoin processor BitPay.

BitPay said it saw the volume of bitcoin transactions grow 110 percent in 2015 versus a year earlier, according to a blog post this January.

BitPay did immediately responded to CNBC's requests for comment.

— CNBC's Anita Balakrishnan contributed to this report.