BitcoinPlus Version 188.8.131.52 for Windows and Mac has been released. This is not a mandatory wallet upgrade however we would still encourage users to update their wallets. Updates can be downloaded from https://bitcoinplus.org/wallet.php.
Whilst there are great things that the XBC Project wish to add to the XBC Wallet one of the main tasks presently at hand is to increase user adoption of XBC. One of the main things the entire XBC Project team agree on is making the end user experience as seamless as possible. From the moment they arrive at the XBC website to the moment they make their first XBC Purchase.
This wallet update is the start of a continued cycle of wallet updates that will increase the end user experience. In this update we have tried to reduce the need for any end user to use any configuration files. To that end we have hard coded numerous seed nodes so that the wallet will start loading the blockchain much faster than it previously did.
The second thing that has been added is the ability to turn OFF TOR mode from within the XBC wallet itself. This is accessed from Settings --> Options --> Network. It should be noted that turning off TOR will have no effect on the Secure Messaging Feature in the XBC Wallet. Read more on BitcoinPlus and TOR here.
You can see from the source code that numerous other code cleanup and optimzations have taken place. https://github.com/bitcoinplusorg/xbcwalletsource.
So what's next for The XBC Project ?
Our Freelance Coder Mammix2 is already working on the next wallet update. A big part of the XBC Project is improve the end user experience. For instance In the next wallet update we are looking to create a GUI (Graphical User Interface) so that the Command Line doesn't have to be used to complete basic functions. Secure messaging should just work by the click of a button. The end user shouldn't have to use a command line to activate it. Simple things that will increase the whole user experience.
Alongside wallet updates we are scoping out Segwit and the Lightning Network. As far as I'm aware there is no Proof of Stake Coin with our codebase that has successfully implemented either of these yet. We are therefore monitoring this closely and reaching out to experts in this field in order to obtain quotes.
The Roadmap Voting will be updated shortly. Team member Rushmybitcoin is starting the process of hiring a professional to produce a show case viral video for XBC. Ultimate aim is to have an entire catalogue of videos not only to promote XBC but to include detailed tutorials on how to the XBC wallet.
The last update I can give you is in regards to the Cointelegraph Article that we released just over a month ago. https://cointelegraph.com/news/meet-bitcoin-plus-the-next-great-cryptocu.... This received over 11,000 views and 445 shares. It also provided a fair number of new users to the website. All in all I would say it was a great success. However since that article Cointelegraph have raised their prices. The original plan was to use Cointelegraph once a month or so however we feel the limited funds we have would be better spent on other areas of marketing. Recently up and coming news outlet - Cryptoninjas produced a nice article for us. https://www.cryptoninjas.net/2017/05/16/crypto-gateway-coinpayments-adds-bitcoinplus-xbc/
We will also start our coinmarketcap banner promotion once the new wallet has been released and there are no apparent urgent issues to address. Coinmarketcap is already our highest referer of new traffic to the XBC website. I'm very optimistic with the up and coming banner campaign.
From the XBC Team - Thanks for all your ongoing support in the past and going forward.