Remember Skype Qik? Skype’s video chat app which launched just 18 months ago? Well, it looks as if Microsoft is cutting the cord and closing the app on March 24. The reason isn’t because no-one was using the app (though that was probably the case) but because most of its features are available in the Skype app.
Skype Qik was an ambitious attempt at bringing video, and only video, to a messaging app, allowing users to create short videos in response to other video responses. It sounded like a great idea at the time, but unfortunately I don’t think it really took off, especially considering Snapchat was dominating the short picture and video messaging scene.
“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.”
This is the second time Qik and its app has been retired. Microsoft acquired the Qik service and shut down its original app in 2014, then it launched Skype Qik, only to shut it down again a year and a half later.
Current Qik users are advised to save any videos they’d like to keep before the end of March, as following the shut-down date, you won’t be able to send of receive any messages.