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A Companion App
Skype has recently launched its new application, known as Skype Qik.
The new version of the application allows users to send short videos lasting 42 seconds. Skype Qik is a light and an effective video messaging application. It has been launched as a companion application to the previous Skype audio and video app software, which has millions of users all over the world. Microsoft seems to be attempting to tap into the market of mobile phones, as the app has already grown phenomenally on desktops.
Jumping to Mobiles
Skype is already available for mobile phones, but it is not as popular as it is on PCs. This could be due to the fact that it has to face completion from other mobile apps for communication, such as Google Hangouts, Facetime from Apple, Messenger from Facebook and many others. With Skype Qik, Skype is trying to enter the mobile market in a big way.
Easy Sign Up
It is easy to sign up with Skype Qik, as you need to use your phone number and not any other username or any password. The messages that you send will disappear automatically after two weeks. The videos are in a square shape; this being an aspect ratio that the users of Instagram are very familiar with. Skype Qik is available in 21 different languages and is available for various platforms, namely, Android, iOS and the Windows Phone.
Typical calls on Skype last for about 30 or 40 minutes, but Skype Qik is supposed to engage users for a shorter time. Users will use the app more frequently and in shorter bursts. Users generally make Skype calls once in one or two weeks, whereas they will use Skype Qik in short bursts in between this time. Qik allows chatting between two people as well as bigger groups. The contacts listed in the recent chat are the major part of the interface. You can tap on this and it will reveal the conversation history. You can also make use of the big button for sending a video message.
The videos that are sent through Skype Qik will last for exactly two weeks from the time of sending them. They are then automatically deleted from all the devices that were involved in the message.
Skype Qik is different from the regular Skype, as the videos sent are supposed to be light and rather spontaneous, rather than serious or lasting forever.
Skype offers a simple interface with a single button being used for starting and stopping video recording. Users can also choose an option from 12 previously recorded messages for stock or regular replies, if they are not able to record something new or are busy.
Skype Qik is aimed at sending shorter videos of 5 MB and less, which is roughly the size of a large JPEG image. This has been done so that the app is light on the storage space and does not use much of the battery. You can also switch from a rear-facing camera to the front facing one in the middle of the conversation. The video is also cropped to the square shape while recording, so the processor does not have to do any editing later on.
Less Tedious Signup
Skype uses a particular username and password, whereas Skype Qik makes use of the phone number of the user and the address book contacts on the mobile phone. Thus, in Qik, users need not go through the process of a username or a password and there is no tedious signup process as in the original Skype.