After successfully integrating PayPal into its app last year, Skype is again extending similar ability to Skype for Windows 10. The ability to send money to other Skype users within the app was launched for Android and iOS users in August 2017, but the company is building on that now by enabling money transfer within the Windows 10 version of the app.
The update was spotted by Aggiornamenti Lumia, and per Windows Central, is now in preview with Skype version 220.127.116.11, and does not take much time to get used to. A ‘Transfer Money’ icon has now been added to the profiles of your Skype contacts; and when you click on it, it allows you to enter an amount to request or send. Once again, sending and receiving money is only made possible by linking your PayPal and Microsoft accounts.
A lot of chat and messaging apps are now gradually integrating payments into their service. This does not only help people to stay long when using such apps, it also eases the process of completing certain transactions. Skype is battling hard with several other messaging apps that are gradually taking the center stage. Recall that the app held sway for many years until the other apps like Messenger and WhatsApp made their way into the scene.
Skype users using iOS and Android devices in select market can send and receive money from friends and loved ones without leaving the app. This can be done even during conversation. You can use your mobile phone by simply swiping right, and tapping the “Send Money button, and the transfer process will be completed.
As a first time user of the “Send Money” feature on either Android or iOS, Skype will require that you confirm your location. If the feature [Send Money] is available in your location, you will be required to link your PayPal account to your Skype profile. Your transaction won’t take more than a couple of minutes as PayPal will be responsible for completing the process.
If a user who resides in the US wants to send money to a friend in a supported country in Europe, the Send Money feature allows payment to be made in Euros.
Countries where the payment feature was first launched in 2017 include United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain
You will, however, need to install or upgrade to the latest version of the Skype mobile app to use the feature. Your friends [recipients] don’t necessarily have to install the latest version of Skype to receive money from you. However, they [your friends] must have a PayPal account to be able to receive money via Skype’s latest Send Money feature.