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Report: Microsoft Rolls Out end-to-end Encryption on Skype

In January, Microsoft said they would offer the encryption feature for audio calls, text messaging and image, audio and video file transmissions

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Microsoft has reportedly rolled out end-to-end encryption for private conversations on Skype that would ensure that the chat content between two people is hidden in both, the chat list and the notifications.?

This feature comes after months of testing and is now available for all users on Skype iOS, Android, Linux, Mac and Windows, tech website MSPoweruser.com reported late on Monday.

Microsoft was yet to confirm the development.

The new encryption feature could be activated from a “New Private Conversation” option that is now part of the “Compose” menu or from the recipient’s profile.

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Microsoft was yet to confirm the development. (Wikimedia commons)

Users could participate in only one private conversation from a single device at a time and on switching the conversation to other devices, the messages they send and receive would be tied to the device they would be using at the time, the report added.

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In January, Microsoft said they would offer the encryption feature for audio calls, text messaging and image, audio and video file transmissions.

Except for making the communication channel secure, end-to-end encryption also ensures that messages stored on servers could only be read by those involved in the communications. (IANS)

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Microsoft Separating Search From Cortona in Windows 10

Windows 10 was released as the successor to Windows 8.1 in July 2015

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Microsoft is separating Search and voice assistant Cortana in Windows 10, giving them their own distinct locations on the taskbar.

For now, this interface change is part of the latest build for Windows 10 to be tested by insiders but could be part of the next major update to Windows 10, which is planned for April.

“When it rolls out to you, you’ll find clicking the ‘Search’ box in the taskbar will give you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience,” the company wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

With the next update to Windows 10, the software giant aims to improve the user experience.

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“this release should improve your experience in updating the search landing page design, enhancing your search results and integrating Microsoft To-Do with Cortana,” the post added.

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In addition to this, the company is also focusing on revamping the “Start” function reliability and on adding advanced font management options as part of the April update for Windows 10.

Windows 10 was released as the successor to Windows 8.1 in July 2015. (IANS)