Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Microsoft Starts Testing Private Conversations Feature in Skype

Microsoft Starts Testing Private Conversations Feature in Skype

Skype had the potential to be what WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are now.

In addition, if you've been using Facebook's sign-in service to log into your Skype account - you'll need to update your credentials as that mode of connection has been shut down. The feature is made possible via Signal Protocol's encryption, though it isn't available to non-Insiders at this time.

Skype is now being listed as one of the well-known messaging apps that use end-to-end encryption.

Private conversations should roll out to non-Insiders in the coming weeks, though it's not clear yet when it will be available in the Skype UWP app. But today is a different day. In conjunction with Signal, the new encryption feature will make private conversation between users secure.

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Skype Private Conversations give you enhanced security through end-to-end encryption with an additional layer of security for conversations between you and your friends and family.

Chose the contact you want to share a Private Conversation with.

Select the contact you'd like to start the Private Conversation with.

The encrypted communication channel works for both audio and text messages and files as well but not video calls. If your contact failed to accept the invite by then, it will expire, and you will have to send another invite to initiate a Private Conversation.

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Skype conversations are about to be as secure as conversations on Signal, the service used by US Senators.

The beta testers will be able to start private conversations with other Skype Insiders using the latest preview version, and interactions will be limited to one-to-one conversations, for now.

The concern here for me is the fact that the feature is an opt-in one-you will have to enable it to have your conversation encrypted. Compared to WhatsApp, this really wouldn't be much of an attraction.

Once upon a time, Skype's distributed peer-to-peer communications was considered pretty good for privacy.

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Private Conversations are specific to a device.

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