Microsoft And PayPal Join Forces To Bring Send Money Service To Skype Mobile

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It feels like it's hard to get a great opinion on PayPal from the users that have to deal with it, and likewise, the latest Skype mobile update threw many for a loop (and not in a good way). So naturally, seeing the two companies team up would seem like the perfect cocktail for disaster, but this latest move is actually a really nice one.

Given just how large both Skype and PayPal are, many reading this likely have accounts with both services. However, when you want to send a quick buck to a friend, it can really feel like quite a hassle, given how many steps you have to take, and how much info there is to double-check (especially with regards to fees). With a new mobile Skype update, though, the entire process is becoming smoother.

Skype Send Money

While chatting with a friend through Skype, you'll now have the option to send them money directly from your PayPal account. That of course will require some upfront configuration, but once setup, you'll be able to send money to folks in one of 22 supported countries, a process that will allow you to convert your money into the recipient's native currency (if desired).

As with most major new features, this one isn't going to be made available to everyone at once. If you are eligible, you'll need to make sure that you're running the most up-to-date version, and once you've done that, you can enter a chat, and simply swipe right (as in, to see the left screen). Doing so will open the menu seen above. At this point, you could simply hit the "Send Money" button and see if it works, but don't be surprised if it doesn't (we were told it's "Coming Soon").

When this feature does hit widespread adoption, it's sure to come in handy for many people. At this point, there is no word on the desktop version of Skype getting this feature. Let's cross our fingers.