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Skype partnering w/ Signal for new 'Private Conversations' encrypted messaging feature

Signal >> Blog >> Signal partners with Microsoft to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype Skype Finally Testing End-to-End Encryption to Compete with WhatsApp
Velma Reese | 12 January, 2018, 06:27

Microsoft has partnered with encrypted messaging app Signal to encrypt messages on Skype. The messaging service will soon benefit from end-to-end encryption, something that its rivals, WhatsApp and Messenger already offer for quite some time.

The Skype version under testing right now does not support E2E encryption with Skype video calls or group chats.

Tap or click the + icon. Private Conversations can only be between you and one other contact.

You can drop us a line or two if you have had the opportunity of using the new end-to-end encryption launched by Microsoft. A new invitation must be sent and accepted, to change to another device. After the recipient accepts your invite, all calls and messages in that conversation will be encrypted end-to-end until you choose to end it.

Private Conversations are specific to a device.

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In order to further protect privacy, Private Conversations will not be shown in Chats or in any form of notification. Thus, Skype's implementation is similar to what Facebook Messenger uses, which has dedicated Secret Conversations you can set up for this objective.

Microsoft has announced that it will be previewing end-to-end encrypted conversations for Skype Insiders.

Private Conversations will encrypt Skype audio calls and text messages.

During the preview, you will only be able to start private conversations with other Skype Insiders also running the latest version, and these interactions are limited to one-to-one conversations.

This means that Skype users may see a complete roll out of end-to-end encryption in the coming days if all goes well. Microsoft does hand over some people's details and chat logs where "legally required and technically feasible", Mark Gillett, the company's chief operating officer said at the time.

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