- A suggestion thread calling for Skype to accept crypto micropayments has gone viral
- The thread received a response from a representative stating that the idea would have to be approved by Microsoft
These steps, while small, are significant in their own right and are a sign of more things to come. Also, not all the progress being made has been pushed by large corporations and some are started from something as simple as starting a community thread with a suggestion.
Such was the case with David Diliber, a Twitter user, who had his thread, which suggested the acceptance of cryptocurrency as a payment form, responded to by Petr, a representative from Skype, and posted the response he received this week.
XRPTipBot at the centre of a twitter storm
What started this all was a thread on the Skype feedback hub which admonished the site to accept micropayments in cryptocurrency, including XRP payments:
“The age of MicroPayments has come and we need your support. The era of the Internet of Value is knocking at the door. My idea is to implement micropayments on Skype. Allow us to buy SkypeCredits with XRpTipBot , allow us to send micropayments on Skype chat as well.”
Since then, it has amassed almost 1,500 votes and over a hundred comments.
Petr responded to the thread on the official Skype forum and thanked all those who participated for their suggestions. He then informed them has had shared the idea with the rest of the Skype team.
However, he noted, Skype is a smaller part of the Microsoft enterprise and as such, crypto integration would need to be accepted across the board for it to be approved. Even then, actual implementation would take time to achieve. Still, he encouraged users to use the MS feedback hub to further share the idea.
Feedback on the thread is quite varied. While some are outright supporting the idea, some have expressed disapproval at XRP micropayments being supported, with one user saying it is not a ‘real crypto’.
Adoption one company at a time
Skype potentially adding supper for crypto micropayment would be a huge deal for adoption as Skype is used by millions around the world.
What’s more, competitors would likely make similar changes to avoid being beaten out in the market, which would lead to even wider adoption.