Skype is shutting down Qik

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Microsoft has confirmed that it it will be shutting down Qik, its ephemeral mobile video messaging app which debuted on mobile in October of 2014. Marketed under the Skype brand, the app promised to make video conversations “more spontaneous and fun so you don’t have to wait until your next call to connect with your favorite people.”

Following a few updates, the app has introduced support for the iPhone 6/6s screen sizes and added some new languages and video effects, but not much in way of new features.

The last day Qik will be available for use will be March 24, 2016.

“Please make sure to save any special messages you may want to keep before March 24th,” cautions the software giant. “After this date, you will no longer be able to send or receive messages.”

Microsoft says that Qik’s functionality is now folded into its mobile Skype client, which now supports free group video chatting with up to two-dozen participants on mobile.

“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,” wrote Microsoft.

To send a video message in Skype, users can simply tap the video message icon in the media bar. The application also supports the ever-popular video filters.

Source: Microsoft