Skype now testing end-to-end encryption for conversations
Skype Insiders can now try out end-to-end encrypted conversations.
Microsoft has announced that end-to-end encrypted conversations are coming to Skype. While there's no timeline available for when the feature will be enabled for everyone, Skype Insider testers can already try the feature out with the latest preview update on iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows desktop. Alas, the UWP version of Skype, distributed on the Microsoft Store, is left out for now.
The addition of end-to-end encryption will allow Skype users to ensure that their audio calls, text messages, and files remain as secure as possible. You will have to take extra steps to ensure you're in a private conversation, however. Microsoft explains:
Encryption is already offered to some extent on several other messaging platforms, including Signal and WhatsApp, so it's good to see Skype is finally jumping on board. Skype's implementation, Microsoft says, takes advantage of the industry standard Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems.
For the preview, you'll only be able to start private conversations with other Skype Insiders who are on the latest preview version of the app. If you are a Skype Insider, you should be able to try the feature out now with Skype version 18.104.22.168 for iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows Desktop.
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