Microsoft have unvieled a new app (second one this month), called Skype Qik (pronounced quick). The app is made for firing off videos to a group of friends, the app; as the name suggests is developed by the Skype team (and is their first ever standalone app.
Group Video Messaging
Introducing Skype Qik (say “quick”), a free* video messenger made for capturing moments and sharing laughs throughout your day. Set up a group and immediately start shooting and swapping videos. Send something to crack your friends up, or show off a new dance move—whatever you want. New messages are added to a chat that you can watch like a movie with a single tap. Qik even lets you erase your video right out of the chat.**
Don’t just send just text or photos. Go full-video with Qik.
What can you do with Qik?
• Create groups in a flash: grab a bunch of friends from your phone’s address book and start a private chat.
• Erase your message and it disappears from the conversation.**
• Keep it fresh—messages are automatically erased from Qik after two weeks.
• Start a conversation any time—no login, usernames, or passwords needed.
* Mobile data rates may apply.. We recommend using an unlimited data plan or WiFi connection.
** It may be possible for recipients to capture and save videos elsewhere before you delete them from Qik.
Not only is Qik brand new, it’s the very first app from Skype…since Skype. That’s as new as it gets.
Rather than using your Skype account to login to the app, you simply just sign in with your phone number; and form there you can isntantly send “Qiks” to anyone in address book; if the contact doesn’t have Qik installed they’ll be prompted to download it to view the message. Interestingly Skype Qik ONLY supports video messaging, meaning you can’t reply to your friends video with a written response, or even an image; just a video (or a thumbs up).
The app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone starting today; grab it from the links below: