Microsoft Kills Skype Qik App After Adding Features to Skype

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About a year and a half ago, Skype launched the Skype Qik video messaging app. After adding some of its features to Skype itself, the company has decided to shut it down.

As the company notes, Skype is consistently rated as one of the top apps in all the app stores and with key features available in that, there's just not a lot of point in keeping the separate app around.

The Skype team says in a blog post:

We’re always hard at work evolving Skype for mobile, and have continued to add new features, such as group video calling. Some of the features we’ve added might look familiar, and for good reason. 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.

We’ve enabled video messaging in Skype and fun features such as filters, to make your messages even more personal. To send a video message in Skype today, simply look for the video message icon in the media bar.

Skype Qik will be available for use until March 24. If you have anything in it you need to save, do so before then.

Image via Skype

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