The tech giant, Microsoft is testing a new feature for Skype: end-to-end encryption.

The company is testing end-to-end encrypted chat conversations, secures using the standard  Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems.

The tech giant made the announcement regarding the experimental feature called “Private Conversations” in a blog post yesterday. It’ll available to anyone running the beta Skype Insider build (version 8.13.76.8) on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS, though users will be able to start private conversations with the same Insider build. One thing to note here is that encryption will be only for chat, files, and audio messages, not for audio or video calls.

Skype does already have some degree of encryption that secures the communication channel itself. But end-to-end encryption is more protected, obviously.

If Windows takes feature into its main Skype build, it’ll be joining chat platforms like Facebooks’ Messenger, Apple’s iMessage, and WhatsApp in offering end-to-end encryption. However, critics will point out that, like Facebook’s own implementation of ‘Private Conversations,’ this extra degree of security is opt-in, not opt-out, meaning it’ll reach considerably fewer users. Still, it’s only in beta — there’s time yet for Microsoft to update.

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