Skype and Qik

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Qik is a service which, like Skype has a lot of facets within itself. The service allows you to stream video to the web, desktop or have 2-way video calling on mobiles. Skype have paid $100 million for the company, which will incorporate Qik’s into the existing Skype service.

What we should likely expect from this would be Skype video messaging and other ways to save live video for later, as well as the ability to share it with people individually or on social networks and blogs.

I think it’s an interesting acquisition and I would definitely find a use for the Qik feature-set were they to appear in Skype soon, but if Qik stayed as an independent entity then I can’t say I would be likely to use the service as it is now as it just doesn’t appeal to me currently.