Quickly Capture and Share Moments with Skype Qik
Article by George Norman
On 15 Oct 2014
iOS, Android, as well as Windows Phone users can get Skype Quick, an new mobile messenger app that runs alongside Skype and lets them quickly capture and share moments.

Skype Quick lets you quickly share videos with groups of friends. If you stumble on something funny, you can use Skype Quick to share it. If an interesting thought crosses your mind, you can use Skype Quick to share it.


“A small team of Skype designers and developers recently took up the challenge to build a new app to run alongside Skype and provide an ongoing form of video chat. They knew they had to create something mobile and lightweight, as spontaneous as messaging but as intimate as calling. And it had to be fun and easy to use. What they created was Skype Qik,” announced Skype’s Dan Chastney and Piero Sierra.

Skype Quick – Main Features
  • Mobile messenger app that runs alongside Skype and provides an ongoing form or video chat.
  • One-touch recording and sharing functionality so you can quickly send videos to groups of friends.
  • Create groups of friends from the contacts on your phone; privately send messages to groups of friends.
  • Pre-record up to 12 videos and use them when chatting with friends.
  • Messages that are 2 weeks old are automatically removed; you can also manually delete messages whenever you want to.

Get Skype Qik for iOS from Apple’s App Store.
Get Skype Qik for Android from Google Play.
Get Skype Qik for Windows Phone from Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store.

Additional information on Skype Qik is available on Qik.com.

If the name Qik rings a bell, it’s because it the Qik app used to come preloaded on a wide variety of mobile handsets. The Qik company used to specialize in capturing, instantly sharing, and preserving great moments on video. It was acquired by Skype in early 2011; and Skype was acquired by Microsoft just a few months later. Tony Bates, who was Skype’s CEO back in 2011, said at the time that the acquisition of Qik would help Skype accelerate its leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to its product portfolio.

Little after having acquired Qik, Skype rolled out Quick Video Connect for iOS and Android.

As of April 2014, Qik has been retired.

As of October 2014, the new Skype Qik app has been rolled out to the public.

Tags: Microsoft, Skype, Skype Qik, Qik, app, messenger, iOS, Android, Windows Phone
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