Skype to shut down Qik video-messages service by March 24

Skype will do away with its Qik feature by March 24, the video-calling service. It said that all the best features of Qik has already been integrated.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: February 25, 2016 4:12 pm
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Skype will do away with its Qik feature by March 24, the video-calling service announced in a blog post. Skype said that all the best features of Qik, like filters and video messaging has already been integrated to the service.

“In 2014, we launched Skype Qik, a mobile video messaging app to help share moments with groups of friends. Since then, we have learned that many of you are already doing these things in Skype, and as a result, we migrated some of Qik’s most used features into the Skype app you already know and love,” Skype said.

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Skype acquired Qik in 2011 and launched it as a stand-alone app for Android and iOS platforms. Skype Qik, on the other hand was unveiled in 2014 for mobile video messaging app. It allowed users to send video messages of up to 42 seconds.

Video messages can now be simply sent via using the video message icon in the media bar. Now that funtions of Qik are built-in to Skype app, the company seems to be shutting down the service.

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Skype also warned users to save any special messages that they have on Qik before March 24. “Due to these updates, the last day Skype Qik will be available for use will be March 24th, 2016. Please make sure to save any special messages you may want to keep before March 24th,” it said.