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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Private conversation comes to Skype via Signal, Microsoft collaboration

A San Francisco-based software entity, Signal and Microsoft Corporation, have advanced plans to introduce a Private Conversations feature in Skype, powered by Signal Protocol, reports ITRealms.
The collaboration, ITRealms gathered, would see Signal and Microsoft bring onboard end-to-end encryption to Skype, to make private communication simple and ubiquitous.
With hundreds of millions of active users, ITRealms gathered that Skype is one of the most popular applications in the world.
This, the partnership disclosed they were excited that ‘Private Conversations’ in Skype will allow more users to take advantage of Signal Protocol’s strong encryption properties for secure communication.
ITRealms also reports that the Private Conversations feature is now available in preview for Skype Insiders.
“There’s still more to come,” the partnership to ITRealms in a press statement made available at the weekend.
ITRealms recalls that with this development, Microsoft has joined a growing list of organizations including WhatsAppGoogleFacebook, and Signal itself that have integrated the open source Signal Protocol into their messaging platform.
Officials, told ITRealms, “We’re going to continue our efforts to advance the state of the art for frictionless private communication, in our own app and in others. We’re excited about the future of Signal Protocol and the places it is going.”
Further, they said, “Signal is making private communication simple. We design open protocols, develop Open Source software, and give it away for free.

Though they noted it has been challenging work, “… We started this project because we think making things is fun, privacy is valuable, and cryptography is remarkable.”


Chuks Egbune/GEE

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