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Skype Revives Qik as a Video Chatting App

October 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Fox Van Allen / Techlicious

Now that my whole family has started using smartphones, we're sending a lot more sound files, photos and videos to each other than ever before. Texting is still ideal in plenty of situations, but we've learned that multimedia tends to be a more efficient and fun way to send information. Getting a short video clip of the dog is a lot more enjoyable than getting a short text about him, right?

If video messaging really is going to be a future trend, then the video conferencing experts at Skype want a piece of that pie. Today, the company is re-introducing Skype Qik, a video-messaging app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. It allows you to communicate with friends - or groups of friends - through the use of recorded clips up to 40 seconds in length.

Skype Qik stores the eight most recent video messages of each conversation in a chronological "film strip." Unlike with iMessage, you control who sees what - sent videos can be deleted from all recipients' phones at any time, or you can simply let them expire 2 weeks later. You can also save up to 12 pre-recorded messages to your phone, allowing you to quickly respond to incoming messages when you can't record your own on the spot.

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