Microsoft Teams to get end-to-end encryption as early as July 2021

Microsoft is going to launch end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in Microsoft Teams next month. The end-to-end encryption will be made available for 1:1 VoIP calls. E2EE will make sure that the one-on-one calls are private and secure, something that was a prerequisite as Microsoft Teams is being used by many people.

E2EE will be made available for Microsoft Teams across platforms such as desktop, iOS, Microsoft Teams GCC and Android. However, it is not going to be available for web browsers.

“Teams will support an option to use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for ad hoc 1:1 Teams VoIP 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 organization,” Microsoft stated in its 365 roadmap.

Microsoft Teams administrators will be having control over this E2EE feature. The feature can be accessed by specific users or the entire workforce. End-to-end encryption in Microsoft Teams is by default turned off that needs to be turned on by users. This only works when the users are E2EE enabled. E2EE can be turned on by going to Settings > Privacy > End-to-end encrypted calls.

E2EE will support basic calling features such as audio, video, screen share, as well as chat. This will not be available on high-end features like escalation, transfer, record, and merge. However, it is still an important privacy feature for Microsoft Teams users.

Microsoft has many new features planned for Teams. The company is planning an in-line message translation feature which will be available on iOS and Android apps. Microsoft will also bring a podcast-like feature to enable users to go through meeting recordings.