UPDATE: Microsoft has ended its support for further releases of Windows Phone. BitPay is no longer releasing new app updates for Windows Phone 8.1. The BitPay and Copay wallets will continue to be updated for Windows devices.

For over two years, BitPay has been dedicated to supporting the Windows Phone community. Since the launch of our Copay wallet in the Windows Store in January of 2015, it has been the most popular wallet option for bitcoin users on the Windows Phone platform.

Today we are happy to announce that we're now making the BitPay wallet app available on Windows Phone. Many you have been requesting this release since we launched the BitPay wallet, so we are proud to be one of the few bitcoin wallet applications available on the Windows Phone store.

BitPay's wallet application integrates the ease-of-use and security of the Copay wallet with BitPay's consumer payments ecosystem, especially our prepaid Visa debit card for bitcoin users.

Bringing the BitPay wallet to the Windows Phone is only a small part of our work affecting Microsoft users in recent years. In late 2015, Microsoft added our Bitcore Bitcoin development platform to its Azure cloud service platform. Back in 2014, Microsoft became the most prominent company accepting bitcoin payments, using BitPay for Xbox payments and other purchases its online Windows Store. Microsoft's continued commitment to blockchain technology and interest in smart contracts makes our bitcoin wallet platform – the foundation of many exciting smart contract projects – a powerful addition to the Windows Phone app ecosystem.

Microsoft's Ashok Misra recently moderated one of our public discussions on the state of bitcoin payments at the Merchant Payments Ecosystem conference. Here's what he had to say about bitcoin:

"[I]t is clear that we have entered an inflection point with cryptocurrency where we can expect much more stability and a huge growth in market capitalization."

We're excited to continue to develop for the Windows Phone platform. Have a Windows Phone and want to join in on Bitcoin's growth? Click below to download the app.