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Skype Launches Video Chat Messaging App
Skype Launches Video Chat Messaging App
By Shirley Siluk / CRM Daily Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
OCTOBER
14
2014
Aiming for a more mobile, "lightweight" and intentionally forgettable version of Skype, the company's designers and developers have come up with Skype Qik -- a new tool for enabling video chats among friends. The intentionally forgettable part comes from the fact that videos recorded using Skype Qik last for only two weeks.

The result is part Snapchat and part WhatsApp. Like Snapchat conversations, Qik discussions are designed to disappear after a set period of time. And as with WhatsApp, Qik is designed to be fast and easy to launch -- all you need is a phone number and an SMS message verification, and you're ready to go.

The Qik app is available as a free download from the Google Play Store, Windows Phone Store and Apple App Store. It supports Android, iOS and Windows phones.

Skype for the Selfie Crowd

The idea behind Skype Qik, apparently, is that regular Skype video calls take time and require both parties to be on hand for a live person-to-person conversation.

"Qik keeps you connected in between," said Dan Chastney and Piero Sierra, writing in a post on Skype's Big Blog. They described the app as a new kind of Skype that takes into account "how messaging, selfies and app culture have changed the way we communicate."

After downloading the app, users can record short -- up to 42 seconds in length -- video messages and send them to anyone in their address book. Recipients who don't yet have Qik receive an SMS message telling them how to get and install the app.

Qik users who don't have a full 42 seconds to spare can also record Qik Fliks, five-second-long video GIFs for sending canned-response-type messages like, "OMG" or "no no." The Qik Fliks option isn't yet available on Windows phones but is expected to be added over the next few months.

Acquisition Reborn as an App

While the Qik app is new, the name is not. Skype acquired a Silicon Valley startup by the name of Qik for a reported $150 million in January 2011. Skype retired that company's service in April of this year.

The idea behind the startup named Qik has now been revived by Skype as a mobile app for turning short videos into group conversations. The new app, Chastney and Sierra said, "makes video conversations more spontaneous and fun so you don't have to wait until your next call to connect with your favorite people."

People on a Qik user's contact list who aren't interested in video chats can block contacts if they have an Android or Windows phone. That feature also will be available for iPhone users "in the coming months," according to Skype.

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Joe:
Posted: 2014-10-15 @ 1:09pm PT
So, Basically,
it's the same as recording a short vid,
and MMS-ing it to someone,

Except, rather than click on your camera
icon, you click on the "Qik' icon....

Wow.... LOL !

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