End-to-end encryption available for Skype Insiders

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A new update is rolling out to Skype Preview app for Skype Insiders. In order to protract the sensitive information we share over Skype Microsoft finally bringing end-to-end encryption for Skype app.

“Private Conversation” will allow you to share or exchange sensitive information including text messages, files, images, audio, video and calls. Microsoft is using non-federated cryptographic signal protocol by Open Whisper Systems for end-to-end encryption. The conversation will be hidden in chat list as well as in notifications.

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You can initiate this by selecting “New Private Conversation” from the recipient’s profile. Once receiver access the invitation, all calls, messages, and files in the conversation will be encrypted until one of participant end it. Right now you can only participate in a private conversation from a single device at a time. Microsoft support engineer Ellen Kilbourne explainsYou 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.

Of course in order to use Private Conversation the participant also require Skype Preview app (version 8.13.76.8 or above) as well. With upcoming update Microsoft will be focusing on improved the UX experience around the invite to join a private conversation. This feature will also available for the Universal Windows Platform app.

Private Conversations are available right now for the Skype Insiders. Skype version 8.13.76.8 for iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows Desktop have this functionality. Please make sure that Private Conversation is at the very early stage of development. So it might be buggy and not work as you expect.

You can find more information about Private Conversation from here and let us know your experience in a comment below.