Microsoft encrypts Skype messages through Signal

Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders

This feature will also be limited to one-to-one conversations.

In a short blog post, Microsoft announced that Private Conversations are now in preview for Skype Insiders. Skype Private Conversations is coming following the announcement of an agreement between Microsoft and Open Whisper Systems (makers of the Signal app).

Chose the contact you want to share a Private Conversation with. That means that a conversation started on a phone can't be continued from a laptop, for instance, due to the nature of Signal's encryption protocol.

Microsoft's Skype was one of the most popular video calling app a few years ago, though it is still very popular but is facing a tough competition from its competitor. "After the recipient accepts your invite, all calls and messages in that conversation will be encrypted end-to-end until you choose to end it", explained Ellen Kilbourne, manager of the Skype Insider Program.

You can test the new Skype Private Conversations feature right now by downloading and installing Skype Insider version 8.13.76.8 for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows.

To try it out, Microsoft recommends that you simply select "New Private Conversation" from the app's Compose menu or from the recipient's profile.


Skype already has encryption for voice, file transfers and instant messaging but not end-to-end encryption. You can only participate in a private conversation from a single device at a time.

Signal is an open source project now found in WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Google Allo.

Signal is the gold standard of end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp users have complete encryption and don't have to enter any special feature or "Private Conversation" to get that added layer of security.

A Private Conversation will have a lock icon next to your contact's name. Take note that the feature is device-specific.

Microsoft owned Skype is still to have a complete roll out of end-to-end encryption.

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

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