MICROSOFT HAS made an announcement that will affect literally tens of people.
The e-book section of the Windows Store is being shut down due to lack of interest (we strongly suspect) from July, after which your purchases will simply vanish.
This is pretty draconian behaviour from Redmond. When Samsung shuttered its e-book store back in the day, for example, purchases were automatically migrated to Kobo.
The e-book section was launched with (clearly not enough) fanfare in 2017 to bolster the Edge browser's ability to handle EPUB and PDF files gracefully.
Although there's little doubt that low-uptake played a part, the fact that Edge is moving over the Google Chromium engine almost certainly had a bearing on the decision as it will remove the ebook advantage of EdgeHTML.
Microsoft has already confirmed that EdgeHTML will live on to power existing apps, so someone could have easily knocked together a separate Microsoft Books app in their lunch break - the fact nobody did further suggests that book sales have been, let's say, less than stellar.
Early reports suggested that Microsoft wouldn't be offering refunds at all. This was then corrected to refunds as Microsoft Store credit. This was then corrected again to the actual policy, which is that users with a valid credit card on file will get a refund to their card. Anyone that doesn't keep their card details on file will get store credit.
The real kicker, however, is that because Microsoft hasn't partnered with a rival e-book service, any notes and annotations you've made will be lost. This could be a real problem for students and academics who were using Edge for their ebook needs. There's no way to export them to a file and re-upload them - come July, they'll be lost when the ebooks are deleted from your account.
The only saving grace is that Microsoft will give anyone who had annotated books on their account as of yesterday $25 store credit in addition to any other payout. Presumably, so they can pay a temp to transcribe all their notes. μ
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