Skype taps Whisper's Signal protocol to test encrypted calls and chats

Skype became the latest chat app to adopt encrypted communications on Thursday, as Microsoft taps Whisper Systems’ Signal protocol in a preview version of both desktop and mobile clients.

The feature, known as Private Conversations, is available to iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and the Win32-based Windows desktop app in beta form. Microsoft said that after its round of testing is complete, the company would work to integrate Private Conversations into the UWP version of Skype that ships as part of Windows 10.

Private Conversations allows users to conduct end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls between two people, and send text messages or files like images, audio, or videos between them. In fact, you’ll only be able to conduct a Private Conversation between two devices, as the messages you receive and the files you send will be tied to that specific device you used at the time, for privacy’s sake.

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