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ICO: Microsoft helping Initial Coin Offerings



A cloud computing service which is created by Microsoft, called as Microsoft Azure has recently listed ‘Stratis’ in its product's section.

For those who don’t know what is ICO, It is an Initial Coin Offering, which is also referred to as an ICO. It is a fundraising mechanism in which exchange for Bitcoin, Ethereum or any other cryptocurrency is done by the new projects to sell their underlying crypto tokens. Which is also alike to an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in which investors purchase shares of a company. It has also become a dominant and a hot topic to be discussed upon.

But the popularity of ICOs somewhat decreased, this doesn’t mean that they are dead or are vanished especially not when one of the world’s biggest and largest technological corporation is bringing it up. Yes. It is none other than THE MICROSOFT.

A cloud computing service which is created by Microsoft, called as Microsoft Azure has recently listed ‘Stratis’ in its product’s section. Stratos Group, which is based in London has created a platform that offers a web-based application which enables initial coin offering projects to manage the distribution of the tokens. It also facilitates a secure and flexible payment route that participants use to purchase ICO tokens ahead of the initial allocation. They pay with either Bitcoin or Strat, which is Strati’s native token.

This additional service allows and helps ICO participants to convert their fiat money or cryptocurrencies into Strat smoothly.


Easy Management:

When Microsoft came into the industry of ICO, it slowed down the growth in the sector of cryptocurrency. Late in the year of 2017, when the crypto was at its boom period, ICO projects were raising billions of dollars at their ideation stages. People started to buy tokens and started to believe that ICO would become the next Bitcoin or Ethereum. In spite of this, most of the ICO projects failed to turn up to a practical business model and at the very same time, many of them disappeared with investors’ money.


The managers of the ICO all over the world took major steps to limit scammers’ access to potential investors. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has started its most serious suppression against the startups that were selling tokens illegally. Similarly, in South Korea, the Financial Services Commission (FSC), banned the ICOs.


In spite of this, with Stratis, it seems like Microsoft is serious with regard to the scammy nature of ICO.


In the due course, Microsoft Azure should be looking to draw into more professional ICO market.


The Amazon of Switzerland: Digitec Galaxus now accepts Bitcoin.



The biggest online retailer of Switzerland, Digitec Galaxus has now started to accept bitcoin along with other cryptos as a method of payment.

The biggest online retailer of Switzerland, Digitec Galaxus which is also known as the ‘Amazon of Switzerland’ has now started to accept bitcoin along with other cryptos as a method of payment.


Digitec Galaxus accepting cryptocurrency payments:

According to Digitec Galaxus, they were willing to integrate cryptocurrency payments on their platform for a long time. The users will now be able to make their payments using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Ethereum, Ripple, Binance Coin, Litecoin, Tron, OmiseGo and NEO.


According to the Co-Founder Digitec Galaxus, Oliver Herren, Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are captivating and could very soon be an important method of payment for all ecommerce stores and they are happy to support it. He also said that people will pay using cryptocurrencies because the ones who own them are willing to use them somewhere, some are not being able to convert them into fiat currency because of banking regulations and others would just like to try latest things.


Digitec Galaxus also admitted that by integrating cryptocurrency payments, the company is going to showcase itself as a progressive brand.


Partnership with Coinify:

Digitec Galaxus has partnered with a third-party cryptocurrency payment processing company, Coinify. All the payments accepted through cryptocurrencies shall be instantly converted into fiat currency i.e. Swiss Franc. This would ensure that the cryptocurrency market volatility does not create an issue for the company.

Cryptocurrency payment method will be available only for Switzerland based users for now, although, the company plans to integrate the same soon for the users in Germany as well.

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VISA getting into Cryptocurreny Space



Visa, a multinational financial services corporation has been discussing entering the cryptocurrency space for a long time now.

Visa, a multinational financial services corporation has been discussing entering the cryptocurrency space for a long time now. It seems that time has finally come. Visa has recently posted a job opening on Smart Recruiters which is subjected as ‘Technical Project Manager, Visa Fintech’.


The Job Description reads as follows:

“Are you passionate about the intersection of payments and cryptocurrency? Are you deeply familiar with permissionless blockchain technology and have a close network of experts in the fast-moving cryptocurrency and fintech ecosystem? Are you excited about the challenge of developing new products for Visa to deliver value to fintechs looking to support cryptocurrencies?

As a product manager on the Visa Crypto team, this person will have responsibility for executing Visa’s product strategy within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. This highly motivated individual will be responsible for managing a product roadmap and collaborating with key stakeholders across the strategy, risk, research, and engineering organizations. This individual will work in close collaboration with the Visa Research team to develop new products to deliver value to fintechs and Visa. This person should have great problem-solving skills and creativity to find new opportunities and anticipate how cryptocurrencies could impact payments.

This person will be based out of our Palo Alto office and report to the Head of Crypto within Visa’s Fintech Product group”.


VISA CEO on Cryptocurrency:

In January last year, Alfred F.Kelly Jr, the CEO of Visa had clearly mentioned that their company will not process any cryptocurrency transactions and will only deal with fiat based transactions.

As more and more large financial institutions such as JP Morgan and IBM are entering into the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, others are willing to follow before it is too late. Not only financial institutions but large technological giants such as Facebook are also about to enter the cryptocurrency space.

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Adoption: Courts in France adopt blockchain technology



The NCC or National Council of Clerks of France have finally tested a blockchain technology-based solution for the courts of the country.

The NCC or National Council of Clerks of France recently made an announcement that they have finally tested a blockchain technology-based solution for the courts and are now prepared to launch it throughout France. The National Council of Clerks is a representation of the clerks of the corporate and commercial registry in around a hundred thirty-hour workplaces in France. The workplaces depend upon one another for sharing important data.


The goal of NCC France

The NCC is determined to streamline and position the latest information technology that capitulates something that is known as ‘the single version of the truth’. The data tracks an organization’s growth, dissolution, change of location etc. The sharing of data amongst each other was earlier a big challenge for the NCC.


The project based on blockchain technology had an aim of rapid cycle times and precision of information. In the pilot phase of the project, the National Council of Clerks in France was able to lessen the timing of registry operation involving a lot of days to just one day.


According to the president of France National Council of Clerks, Sophie Jonval, the project based on blockchain technology is an outcome of the partnership with IBM. IBM who is already an expert in blockchain technology and cryptography has been serving as a technological partner.


According to the NCC, the project shall be rolled out in the 1st half of 2019 and the project shall ensure a transparent and improved dynamics of the interactions between the clerks.

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