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Jan 16, 2018

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Microsoft to offer encryption with Skype

End-to-end encryption and the ability of being able to conduct conversation in private, is becoming vital for end users and business alike.

Encryption is a standard feature for some communication applications, such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and Microsoft’s Skype is following suit. The plan is to launch Skype Private Conversations later this year, and that it will offer end-to-end encryption on all audio calls, text messages, images and videos.

As it stands, Skype is globally recognised as one of the leading brands for online communication, and arguably what’s been missing up to now is the ability to make these conversations with the confidence that they can’t be intercepted.

It’s worth keeping in mind that end-to-end encryption will only work if you are talking to another person who is also using a Skype insider app and encrypted video calls or group chats are not yet supported within this feature.

Although the full roll out is expected later on this year, Skype Private Conversations is available for insider testing now. You can try it for yourself by downloading and installing Skype insider version 8.13.76.8 for Android, iSO, Linux, Mac and Windows.