Microsoft and PayPal have worked out a relationship that will allow Skype users to send money right through the app. Microsoft made the announcement yesterday, confirming that users in 22 different countries across the globe will be able to use the feature, as long as they have a PayPal account, and are using the iOS or Android app.
You’ll need to be in one of the following countries to use the feature: United States of America, Canada, UK (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man) Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.
The first time you use it, you’ll be asked to confirm your location within the app. Once that is confirmed you’ll need to link your PayPal account to your Skype account, and Microsoft makes sure to confirm that PayPal is handling the money transaction, and not Microsoft itself. The person sending the money also needs to make sure they are using the most up-to-date version of the Skype app, but the person receiving the money can apparently be using any version of the app.
You can use this feature in your new version of Skype straight inside the messaging app. While you are in conversation with a person, select the Find option at the top bar and choose Send money >> Choose the amount of money and confirm the payment.
However, this feature is designed for friends and family not for making transactions online such as payment of goods and services online.