Skype is Getting End-To-End Encryption Feature Called “Private Conversations”

Microsoft is releasing a new end-to-end encrypted communications feature into beta versions of Skype using the industry standard Signal Protocol.

WhatsApp, Google Allo, Signal, and Facebook Messenger are already using the end-to-end encrypted feature. Now, text, audio calls, and shared files will be end-to-end encrypted on “Skype Private Conversations.”


The company announced the new “Private Conversations” feature on Thursday and said anyone running the beta Skype Insider build on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS, will support the feature.

End-to-end encryption is more secure than the current encryption that Skype offers to protect the communication medium. It means the sender and recipient will only be able to read the messages.  Users can only take a part in private conversation using a single device at a time. However, Microsoft can decrypt these contents of messages.

“You can only participate in a private conversation from a single device at a time. 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,” said Microsoft program manager Ellen Kilbourne on Thursday.

Skype already has essential features including interoperability with traditional phone networks and advanced tools for TV and radio broadcasters but the addition of end-to-end encryption indicates applications improvement.

Though making improvements with secure and trustworthy development is necessary, but whether or not it will help to restore the application is far from clear.





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