Microsoft Skype Division Is Shutting Down Qik Video Sharing Service On April 30th

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Qik is a mobile video sharing service, that allowed users to record and share the experience with your friends, family and their favorite social networks. One of the unique feature of Qik is that it allowed users to stream live video from their mobile devices to the internet. Skype bought Qik back in 2011 for about $150 million. Since then, the app didn’t receive any major updates, but remained active. Today, Qik has sent out email to their users that the service will be shutdown on April 30th. Know more about it from the Q&A below.

What is happening to Qik?
On April 30, 2014, Qik.com will be retiring. This means all Qik mobile phone apps will cease to work, there will be no more software updates provided and
Qik apps will be removed from all App stores. Videos uploaded, shared and embedded using Qik will no longer be available through Qik.

Why are you retiring Qik?
We are retiring Qik as the Qik video messaging technology has now been incorporated into Skype. Users can now enjoy a great experience on Skype with
features such as audio and video calling, instant messaging and video messaging with contacts in their Skype and Microsoft networks.

How am I impacted? How can I save my videos?
If you uploaded videos to Qik that you would like to keep, you can download them from the video’s web page in your dashboard. This allows you to save the
video file on your computer, another external storage device or to SkyDrive if you have a Microsoft Account.
Alternatively you can use the YouTube feature to upload your files onto YouTube, where you will be able to maintain them.

Source: Qik

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  • JohnCz

    I had never used Qik before but the live streaming capability sounds as though it provided a Hangouts like experience. Hopefully Skype has this functionality in their roadmap.

  • Emi the Strange

    I wonder who used this or even knew it existed….