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

Microsoft Starts Testing Private Conversations Feature in Skype Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders
Glenn Montgomery | 12 January, 2018, 06:25

Not all chats will be private with the option only available if you choose the recently added "New Private Conversation" option when you start a new chat.

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. If they do not accept before then, the invite will expire, and you will need to send another one.

The company announced the experimental feature named "Private Conversations" in a blog post today. If you want to move it to another phone or computer, you will have to resend the invitation.

This works the same as a regular chat. What would happen if you forget to enter "Private Conversations"? To recover the Private Conversation after you've deleted it, start a Private Conversation with that contact again and you'll be able to pick up where you left off. You will receive a confirmation window to end the conversation.

A Private Conversation will have a lock icon next to your contact's name, and preview messages will not show up in Chats or notifications.

Skype marks the third major service to adopt Signal's protocol for end-to-end encryption.

Private Conversation capabilities are limited. Moreover, users can't edit a message or forward a file. The encryption will cover chat, files, and audio messages, but not audio or video calls.

Private Conversations are specific to a device.

Currently, the Private Conversation feature is available in the Skype Insider program, which is the platform Skype uses to test features before rolling them out to the general public.

Skype denied the claims in a carefully worded memo, saying the changes were all about improving the quality of service and making it easier to roll out new applications.

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