Cha-ching! Microsoft brings Bitcoin to Bing!
As the world of technology evolves, so does money. People are paying for things using their smartphones and shunning cash. However, while services like Google Wallet use standard currencies, a new type has emerged from the depths of the internet -- Bitcoin.
This relatively new virtual currency is all the rage, being accepted at many businesses, including the Sacramento Kings -- an NBA franchise. If that isn't mainstream, I do not know what is. Today, Microsoft announces that it too is getting cozy with Bitcoin, by way of Bing.
"For years, you have been able to convert currencies in Bing. Whether you’re looking to compare dollars to pounds, euros to pesos or yuan to rupee, we've got over 50 currencies in our index that we'll display following a few quick keystrokes", says The Bing Team.
The team further explains, "as Bitcoin (the peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency) makes headlines and captures the world's attention, we thought it was only natural to give you an easy way to track real-time fluctuations. Starting today, you will find instant Bitcoin conversions at the top of your Bing results".
Microsoft's acceptance of Bitcoin lends further legitimacy to this mysterious currency, whether that was the intention or not. What remains to be seen is if the company believes in the currency, or is simply riding the "me-too" wave of trends. Either way, you can try it by going to Bing and searching for something like "Bitcoin to dollar".
Do you own any Bitcoins? Tell me in the comments.