Microsoft Tests End-to-End Encryption in Skype Conversations

From PC Mag: Microsoft is partnering with encrypted communications app Signal on a new end-to-end encrypted messaging feature called Private Conversations.

In a short blog post, Microsoft announced that Private Conversations are now in preview for Skype Insiders. Skype users will be able to have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and text conversations, including the ability to upload multimedia files, using the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems.

To start a Private Conversation, Skype users simply tap the + icon, select New Private Conversation, and choose a contact. Skype sends the user an invite that's valid for seven days, and once accepted the Private Conversation starts like any other Skype call or message.

Once you end or delete a Private Conversation, you need to send a fresh invite to start another and recover the chat history. Private Conversations are also specific to a device (the feature is supported on iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows Desktop), so if you switch to another device you'll need to re-send the invite.

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