Microsoft to shut down Skype Qik service on March 24

Microsoft to shut down Skype Qik service on March 24

On Monday, Microsoft announced that it has decided to shut down its Skype Qik short video messaging service --- a Skype spinoff which was launched by the company in October 2014, in an effort to grab a share of the multimedia-messaging market.

Announcing the imminent shutdown of the Skype Qik service, Microsoft said that the “spontaneous” video chat service will be shuttered with effect from March 24, 2016. The company also said that the key features of the service will be integrated into the regular Skype apps.

The soon-to-be-discontinued Skype Qik service was a successor to the Qik short video messaging service which was acquired – for $150 million - by Skype in January 2011, a few months prior to the $8.5 billion Skype acquisition by Microsoft.

About the reason prompting the discontinuation of the Skype Qik service, Microsoft said that the service had become quite redundant because Skype already had the video messaging feature when Qik was launched, and filters were added to the service in October 2015.

Asserting the fact that users seemingly do not need the Qik service any more, Skype said in a Monday afternoon blog post that Skype Qik was launched to enable users to “share moments with groups of friends,” and added that since most of the Skype users are “already doing these things in Skype,” the company “migrated some of Qik’s most used features into the Skype app you already know and love.”

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