Microsoft is bidding Adieu to Skype Qik. Most of its features have already been moved to the Skype Core app and the standalone video messaging application will cease to work from 24th of March and onwards.
Skype Qik was launched in 2014 following Microsoft’s $100 million acquisition of Qik in 2011. The app allowed you to record short video clips and send them to people — so basically, it was kind of like Instagram, but for videos.
The main USP of the app was in the technology that went into making it. Not only did it keep you from having to wait by notifying you after downloading the messages, but it also didn’t run in the background — extending the battery life.
However, with the onslaught of IM, image and video based chat services — including Skype itself — Microsoft felt that Qik had become a tad redundant — perhaps even obsolete.
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.
The app was available for Android, iOS and Windows. Microsoft has kept the app functioning until March the 24th on all platform, so that users can save any messages they want. After that, the application will cease to function and Skype will take its place as Microsoft’s video based IM.