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Skype releases version 8, will introduce end-to-end encryption and built-in call recording

about 4 years ago by IanDorfman

The latest version of Skype is paving the way for features that its contemporaries, such as WhatsApp, have had for some time.

Version 8.0 of Skype released for desktops on July 16th. According to Skype's official blog, this update is a full replacement for all previous versions of Skype (with the post referring to all version 7 releases as "Skype classic"). In fact, as of September 1st, 2018, all versions of Skype older than this 8.0 release will no longer function. The post states that this move is "to ensure that all customers have the best possible Skype experience, and that there are no quality or reliability issues resulting from old technology and new technology interoperating."

New features incorporated into version 8 of Skype include 1080p quality video calls with up to 24 people, the ability to produce @user mentions in-app, a per-conversation media gallery that displays all of the files, links, and photos of a conversation in one place, and the ability to share files up to 300 MB at a time with drag and drop support.

Features that Microsoft's Skype development team intend to implement over the course of summer include read receipts, in-app, cloud-based call recording, public group invite links, and, notably, end-to-end encrypted audio calls and text conversations. This feature, referred to as "Private Conversations," utilizes the Signal protocol for audio calls, file sharing (including photos and videos), and text chat. This currently does not include video calls made over the app.

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Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.