Microsoft revealed at the moment on a brand new help web page that it is closing the books class in Microsoft Store efficient instantly.
Microsoft Store prospects can’t purchase new ebooks anymore from at the moment on, the class is not listed in the Store.
Customers who’ve purchased ebooks in the Microsoft Store will lose entry to those books beginning July 2019. Microsoft will give prospects a full refund for any bought books offered that the unique cost technique is nonetheless legitimate. Customer whose cost technique is not legitimate and prospects who paid utilizing reward playing cards or Store credit score obtain Microsoft Store credit score as an alternative.
Commercial and free ebooks will probably be eliminated beginning July 2019. Customers can learn the books and entry notes till July 2019. Customers who added notes to books will obtain an additional $25 credit score to their Microsoft Account.
Microsoft made Microsoft Edge the default book reader on Windows 10 when it launched the Creators Update again in 2017. Books in Microsoft Edge will probably be eliminated on the similar time.
Microsoft didn’t roll out the guide class of the Microsoft Store to areas outdoors the United States which means that the closure impacts a restricted variety of customers.
Microsoft prospects who bought books or downloaded free books have till July 2019 to learn them. Notes will probably be misplaced when Microsoft removes entry and the corporate has not revealed any plans to supply export choices.
The discontinuation demonstrates one thing (once more) that I’ve been preaching for years: on-line purchases could also be handy however chances are you’ll lose entry to digital merchandise at any time. It is not solely small corporations that put your purchases in danger. If one of many world’s most profitable corporations can’t make it, it could possibly be any firm that does so.
Microsoft refunding purchases is the one proper option to take care of the closure. While that will not assist prospects who invested money and time in the Store a lot, it is higher than simply closing it down with out correct compensation.
For Microsoft, it is the second Store client service that it is shutting down. Customers who use the Store to buy digital video games, apps, or media might wonder if it is such a good suggestion to make purchases in the Store.
Microsoft appears to be giving up on many client merchandise, Windows Phone is one other instance, and one has to surprise how issues will look in a yr or two from now.
It is smart, to a level at the very least, to drop companies and merchandise that aren’t profitable however prospects who used these merchandise will really feel burned, even when they obtain compensation.