Derek Lakin

Skype Qik

Skype Qik
Today sees the culmination of over 6 months work for me personally, but slightly longer for the rest of the teams. I’m proud to be a part of not just another Skype client client, but a whole new Skype experience: Skype Qik (pronounced “quick”). Skype’s first app since Skype.

The launch of the Skype for Xbox One was one of the most amazing experiences in my career to date; a day I’ll never forget. However, my heart belongs to mobile and to Windows Phone, so when I heard that we were working on a new cross-platform app experience for sharing video I was delighted to be asked to work on the project. The fact that I get to do it in sunny California is an added bonus!

Today we’re launching on Windows Phone, Android and iOS simultaneously around the world, which is a fantastic achievement in the short time that we’ve been working on the project. Check out the blog post over on the Skype Big Blog and the web site: Put simply, Skype Qik is fast and easy sharing of rich video experiences in 1:1 and group conversations. In a little more detail, you sign in using your phone number, then you can share short videos with anyone in your address book** To prevent your phone filling up with old content we clean videos you’ve watched that are two weeks old. If you don’t have a data connection, we’ll save you’re video and send it when you do. The other people in your conversation will receive a notification when you send them a new video. You can pre-record video replies (Qik Flicks) to send when you don’t want to record or something new (or can’t!). We deeply believe that user feedback is an important part of the growth and development of Skype Qik. We have a whole bunch of ideas of things that we could do with it and already have plans for the next version, but it’s what our users think that matters the most and so shape the direction that we take. So, share, chat, laugh, then head over to the Skype Community and let us know what you think and what you want.

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** Note: Due to platform restrictions we can only access public address books, so numbers associated with apps like Skype and Facebook won’t be available in Skype Qik, sorry.

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