Microsoft gets into video messaging across platforms with Skype Qik

Gigaom

Microsoft is continuing its renewed efforts to support multiple mobile platforms with Skype Qik, a video messaging service that debuted on Tuesday for Android, iOS and Windows Phone handsets. Skype Qik runs apart from Skype, the voice and video calling platform that Microsoft purchased for $8.5 billion in 2011.

The new Skype Qik app works with single and group video messages; anyone in the group can add anyone else they’d like using a phone number. To record a video message, users simply press the large pink button in the app. Messages last up to two weeks before they automatically disappear, although you can manually delete them as well.

Videos are recorded using either the front or back camera of a handset and you can switch between the two cameras with a screen tap. Contacts that don’t have Skype Qik installed will get a text message to explain how they…

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