"In 2014, we launched Skype Qik, a mobile video messaging app to help share moments with groups of friends. Since then, we have learned that many of you are already doing these things in Skype, and as a result, we migrated some of Qik's most used features into the Skype app you already know and love," officials said in today's blog post.
A small team within Skype developed Skype Qik in six months. The original intention of the application was to address the part of the mobile market that is moving away from scheduled, one-to-one communications, Microsoft execs said two years ago. The company wanted an app that was as lightweight and convenient as SMS and IM, officials said at that time. Users didn't need Skype to use Skype Qik; they just needed a mobile phone number.