"SKYPE, THE WEB CALLING SERVICE WILL SOON BEGIN TO ENABLE USERS SEND MONEY TO OTHER SKYPE USERS VIA THE PAYPAL ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM." - NIKLAS ZENNSTROM, SKYPE CO-FOUNDER
This revelation was made at a technology conference in Silicon Valley when Zennstrom said the company is working with PayPal. Microsoft and PayPal are enabling the support in Skype today and all that is needed to have access this service is to upgrade to the latest version of the Android and iOS app to send money.
According to the Chief Executive, "You can now send money over Skype. This is basically connecting the Skype community over PayPal."
This new PayPal integration is coming on the heels of Microsoft's recently tweaked version of Skype mobile which has features like a universal search and a simple user interface that is only accessible to mobile at first, with Desktop and then iOS, Windows, and Mac. This new interface they say is to "better improve messaging" although it has been met with criticism from users.
Keep in mind that PayPal is already the most popular way that Skype users pay for long-distance Skype phone calls to other phones and this might make the entire process successful because as at 2016, Skype recorded over 560 million registered users worldwide.
Skype-PayPal can function as a money transfer service for transactions which can range from sending money to a friend to split a restaurant bill among others.
Although there is no exact information on when the service would be made available to Skype's users, the partnership will begin in 22 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and a number of European markets.
We await with hope the inclusion of Africa in this marriage of Skype and PayPal.