Signal partners with Microsoft to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype

12 Января, 2018, 06:26 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Skype displaying a Private Conversation acceptance screen

As first reported by ITPro, Skype is partnering with popular encrypted communication company Signal to bring end-to-end encryption to its service. Microsoft is now testing a new private conversation feature for skype with end-to-end encryption using.

It is important to note that no chat content from these conversations will be displayed in the chat list, or with other notifications - in order to keep any shared information private.

While a host of consumer chat and calling products utilize end-to-end encryption, Skype using the technology could make it a better option for Microsoft shops operating in highly-regulated markets.

Skype is the latest messaging service to jump onto the end-to-end encryption bandwagon.

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Skype Insiders can navigate to the Compose menu and select "New Private Conversation" to get started. "You can switch the conversation to any of your devices, but the messages you send and receive will be tied to the device you're using at the time".

Microsoft will be using the Signal open-source protocol to encrypt these communications. Once the conversation or message chain begins, it will remain end-to-end encrypted until it is ended, the post said. However, the end-to-end goes a step further than this by encrypting stored messages as well. It may be a while before this feature is released to all users. Also, in this category are Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Telegram.

At this point, it's unclear as to what plans Skype has to roll out Private Conversations to the general public, but you can join the Skype Insider program here. Microsoft adds that "these interactions are limited to one-to-one conversations".

The new feature is available now in Skype Insider builds for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. You will be taken to a new chat with them. You can share your experience with us by using the comment box below.

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