Microsoft rolls out end-to-end encryption for Skype Insider conversations

Microsoft rolls out end-to-end encryption for Skype Insider conversations

Microsoft and Signal have teamed up to make Skype conversations as private as possible.

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. Also, in this category are Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Telegram. What this means is that Skype's end-to-end encryption is not a complete one; but kudos to Microsoft for adding it in the first place. Full encryption covers audio messages, text chat and files but is not implemented for standard audio and video calling.

On one hand, this is an excellent new feature for Skype but on the other, why did it take so long to arrive? "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". That for me isn't the right way to go about securing a chat conversation.

According to both the Microsoft announcement and post on the Signal Blog about their partnership, it does not seem that the entirety of Skype will be getting end-to-end encryption.

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Select the contact you'd like to start the Private Conversation with.

The key difference between the new feature and its typical chats is that users must specifically accept invitations to private conversations.

A Private Conversation will have a lock icon next to your contact's name. The feature is powered by the Signal Protocol.

We're looking to you, Skype Insiders, to tell us if this new feature works as expected before enabling it for everyone. Thus, Skype's implementation is similar to what Facebook Messenger uses, which has dedicated Secret Conversations you can set up for this objective.

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