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Microsoft Teams will soon get end-to-end encryption for sensitive conversations

Microsoft Teams is slated to get end-to-end encryption as early as July for calls that will give users an additional layer of security for their conversations.

(Picture: Microsoft Teams) (Picture: Microsoft Teams)

End-to-end encryption is perhaps the most talked-about privacy feature in recent times as messaging apps look to resist the new traceability laws which are part of new IT rules 2021. The traceability laws look at finding the first originator of messages which essentially looks at breaking encryption and subsequently kills the essence of private messaging. However, video conferencing apps have slowly started adopting the encrypted way of communicating. Microsoft is looking to add new features to its video conferencing platform Teams which will feature end-to-end encrypted calls.

Microsoft Teams is slated to get end-to-end encryption as early as July for calls that will give users an additional layer of security for their conversations. Microsoft is also planning to add a feature that would permanently delete a private chat. Further, Microsoft will give users the option to choose between built-in Teams notification and Windows 10 notifications. Microsoft 365 Roadmap noted that the end-to-end encryption feature will be supported for 1:1 Teams VoIP calls. Microsoft also plans to give IT Admins full control over end-to-end encryption allowing them to manage the feature for the entire organisation. It is not clear if Microsoft will enable end-to-end encryption for the consumer version of Microsoft Teams.

As per the official webpage, "Teams will support an option to support end-to-end encryption for ad hoc 1:1 Teams VoIP voice calls providing an additional option for conducting sensitive online conversations. To support customer security and compliance requirements, IT will have full control of who can use E2EE in the organisation."

As of now, Microsoft allows users to hide, mute, or delete individual messages from a chat but chats cannot be permanently deleted unless they are deleted by an IT admin. Now Microsoft is planning to add an option to permanently delete a private chat.

Microsoft will further roll out an option for users to choose between built-in Teams notification and Windows 10 native notifications. Microsoft notes that Windows 10 native notification will bring "a suite of benefits, like respecting focus assist mode which enables you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to focus, and integrating with Windows 10 action center to helps you review your notifications in one place."

Last month, Microsoft expanded its focus to connect friends and families via video calls. The features for connecting with friends and family were first introduced on Microsoft Teams back in June last year. At the time, these features were limited to the Android and iOS apps of the service by Microsoft. Microsoft Teams has now introduced tools to conduct group chats with their loved ones. Users can make and access plans, conduct instant polls, and assign tasks to their friends through the platform. People who don't have Microsoft Teams installed on their devices will also be able to join a group video call on a web browser through a shareable link. Similarly, such people will be able to join group messages through SMS.