The Bitcoin Miner app has updated several times in recent weeks to fix a variety of performance and crashing bugs but it’s also made a rather significant change in response to a new Microsoft Store policy that went into effect in October of last year that prevents any app in the store from using a user’s computer for mining.
Because of this new policy, the Windows 10 Bitcoin Miner app shifted to cloud mining (essentially mining Bitcoin on other people’s computers) but since the Microsoft Ad Monetization platform is shutting down in June, cloud mining will no longer be profitable and it looks like the app will now be leaving the Microsoft Store entirely.
“Microsoft is shutting down their ad network, so yields will start to decrease as ad revenue is used to support the cloud miners. Some users will be unable to mine as Microsoft reduces ad service to their region,” an official statement from the dev reads. “We are working on a new Bitcoin Miner that doesn't require the Microsoft Store and will be available on this website in the near future. We appreciate your patience as our company works through these unexpected developments.”
An Xbox version of Bitcoin Miner had been planned for a while but, with these new restrictions, it looks like that will never get a release.
Here’s the full release notes for the recent app updates:
Bitcoin Miner 1.62.0
- Fixed a crash introduced in 1.59.
- Fixed several Ads not Visible bugs.
- Remove broken mute button; mute can still be done using the system volume mute.
Bitcoin Miner 1.59.0
- Replaced on-device mining with remote miner management due to Microsoft Store policy changes.
Bitcoin Miner 1.58.0
- Fix several edgehtml.dll and ad related crashes, reduce code footprint.
Bitcoin Miner 1.53.0
- Fix connection issues with the default mining pool.
- Fix potential UI update issue when mining is stopped.
Bitcoin Miner has been a popular app for mining crypto due to its incredible ease of use that simply requires users to tap one button to begin mining.