SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has added a Bitcoin conversion tool to its Bing search website.
The Redmond software flogger has teamed up with Coinbase to produce its up-to-the-moment currency converter. Both firms are happy to be doing this together, and Microsoft is brimming with excitement about its quick entry into the fluctuating digital currency economy.
"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," it said.
"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."
Coinbase added that the conversions are done inreal time, handy perhaps for a currency with such volatile value, and that it is well placed to assess what Bitcoin is worth at any given time.
It said that it has one million bitcoin wallets and 23,000 merchants using its system, and "has its finger on the pulse of Bitcoin activity and value around the world".
"We are thrilled that Bing search and Coinbase data are working together to enable users to easily search and understand bitcoin value," it added.
Microsoft's support of Bitcoin, though light, comes at a time when other parties are trying to work out their stance on it. Apple apparently has a problem with the digital currency that has led it to limit related apps on its application store, while this week Russia suggested that it is illegal. µ