PayPal Comes to the New Skype

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Skype with 19 Comments

PayPal Comes to the New Skype

Microsoft announced today that it is bringing PayPal to the mobile Skype apps, allowing users to transfer funds to each other seamlessly.

“At Skype, we work to make your life easier and more efficient,” a post credited to the Skype Team reads. “That’s why we developed Send Money, a Skype feature that allows you to transfer funds via the latest Skype mobile app while you’re in the middle of a conversation using PayPal.”

This new Send Money feature requires the new Skype clients, which for now means Android and iOS only. (Something tells me that Microsoft has adjusted its time table for bringing the client tech to Windows 10 based on negative feedback.)

Here’s how it works.

While chatting with family or friends via Skype, you can swipe right from the conversation view and tap Send Money. The first time you do so, you will need to confirm your location—this feature is available in over 20 locations at launch—and then link your PayPal account.

“Whether it’s to send money to your daughter studying abroad, reimburse a friend for grabbing milk at the store, or one of a million other reasons you might need to transfer cash, Send Money makes it easy and efficient,” Microsoft says.

And I gotta agree: This seems like a great idea.

Also, a side note: Since this feature is called Send Money and not “Pay with PayPal” or whatever, I assume Microsoft is at least open to adding other money transfer services in the future. Just a thought.

 

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19 responses to “PayPal Comes to the New Skype”

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    Waethorn

    So, an online Western Union-like money transfer?


    Oh no, I don't see how anybody could end up abusing this feature....


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      wright_is

      In reply to Waethorn:

      Why do you think they have joined with ScamPal to offer this service? A platform full of scammers and a payment service reputed to side with scammers, you couldn't find a better match.

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        wright_is

        In reply to JudaZuk:

        I've never used PayPal. In the it press (c't magazine, PC Bild etc. and mainstream press) it has a very bad reputation with people being scammed on eBay and PayPal not giving the money back to those being scammed, or sellers having their money taken away and given back to a scammer. It is often only after the press get involved (c't magazine has on many occassions gotten involved in incidents with buyers and sellers who have been scammed and eBay and PayPal have told them the issue is closed and they weren't scammed (either products were never delivered, but PayPal let the seller keep the money or sellers didn't get the money, because the scammer claimed they didn't get the goods - it is wierd, whether you are a buyer or seller, the scammer on the other side always seems to be in the right), yet after the magazine gets involved, suddenly they acknowledge that there was something fishy and agree to reinstate the money).

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    illuminated

    Some people seem offended by PayPal on Skype. Weird.

    Would Square on Snapchat be OK?

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    Winner

    Microsoft desperately trying to get a piece of online transactions.

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    michael

    I would ask if PayPal charges a fee for the transfer and while it's nice to send money to somebody through paypal, they can only use that money immediately FROM paypal. If they're standing in a store or needing to pay a utility that's about to be shut-off, will they have to wait several days for the money to transfer to their bank?

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    wright_is

    I don't know anyone who uses PayPal, but that is irrelevant anyway, I don't have a PayPal account either.

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      Ukumio

      In reply to wright_is:

      I don't know how I'd live without PayPal, its how I get paid from my game testing job, its how I get donations when I stream on Mixer and its how I pay for most online stuff, like games from Xbox. My bank account sees less use then my PayPal. Its a similar situation for most of my friends as well, sad thing is that none of them use Skype because they use Discord.


      I guess Skype is trying to capture the Snapchat crowd with their new direction but I don't know why anyone would switch to Skype from whatever they use now like Discord or FB Messenger.

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    PeteB

    Skype is so 2009. Wouldn't let it anywhere near my phone or PC nowadays, it's total crapware.

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    matsan

    Yey - yet another payment solution. Here in Sweden we have one solution (Swish) that is pretty ubiquitous covering (2015) 3,6 million users of Sweden's 10 million total population.

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      michael

      In reply to matsan:

      Swish.. interesting. thanks for pointing it out

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        matsan

        In reply to [email protected]:

        Latest number of users (Dec 2016) is 4,7 millions. The banks are pushing this hard. I do fibe to ten Swish transactions a week and now even companies can sign up for it. Paypal I only use for online shopping and I think I have used it once for peer-to-peer transfers

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          Martin Sjöholm

          In reply to matsan:

          +1 for Swish.


          Also; companies have been using it for years. The hot dog stand at the corner won't accept cash, but have an iZettle for credit cards or Swish as an alternative.


          One advantage with Swish is that the money are immediately (as in instantly) transferred to the account you set up. So it's right there at your disposal to spend. Great whey you're out with friends for dinner. First there's the fight who's going to pay the bill (using a credit card and getting lots of points) and then there's the Swishing of money to whomever got the bill. Sweden is practically a cashless society. There's almost never a reason to have cash.


          Update:

          Just read on the Swish page that there's now 5.5M users. I think that matsan may have been referring to retail stores, which now also accept Swish, not only the hot dog stand at the corner or the person selling ear-plugs at the concert. This is escalating quickly.


          The Swish site is only in Swedish, but still go and check it out: https://www.getswish.se/

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    david.thunderbird

    Oh, a marriage with the devil

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    Chris Payne

    "Something tells me that Microsoft has adjusted its time table for bringing the client tech to Windows 10 based on negative feedback."


    To make it sooner than than later?

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    khanman

    Do you know if there is a fee?

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    Care

    That's certainly one way to get the college crowd if the Snapchattiness doesn't! ?

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