Skype has decided to shut down the Skype Qik app on March 24. As a fan of this program, one shouldn’t feel like the whole thing was shut down. This was thought by me after reading the Facebook post last night. It was misread by me and probably a few others.
The truth was, this app became obsolete, mainly because the program already had video chat services, so it didn’t need the Qik app. There were less than 5 million downloads, according to the Google Play page. The other reason was that this app failed to compete with FB Messenger video chat and other popular programs like SnapChat video chat.
Skype Qik was designed as a “spontaneous” video chat app allowing users record video messages to a group of friends and send them off, or issue quick video reactions to messages they received. The messages had a shelf life of two weeks, after which time they were deleted. Microsoft’s purpose for Skype Qik was so that users would connect via a phone number, not a Skype username.
The reviews from users weren’t very good either, other than the many negative comments, it couldn’t compete with other chat services that offered video chat.
One of the main reasons for my not using Facebook Messenger Video Chat and Yahoo Messenger Video Chat was privacy. Before Facebook allowed users to turn off chat for selected people, anyone and everyone knew who was online. The same thing with Yahoo. Until one had the ability to appear offline to all people, everyone interrupted a chat.
My preference was imo. There was less of a chance that there was an interruption in service due to a shaky connection. WhatsApp had a shaky connection, but video calling was free, like imo and private. Oovoo was shaky also, my friend from Africa was unable to see and hear me when we spoke two years ago. Most of my family used it though. It was probably used better stateside than overseas. The best time to contact my African friend was early in the morning because the connection was better on WhatsApp.
My brother, sister, mother and I tried setting up a video chat over a certified letter my mother had to write through Skype. Because there were more then three people trying to talk and see each other, Skype tried making us use a three way situation instead of two. In other words, unless they worked out this problem Skype video chat was no better.
This would only stay on the market if it worked, but based on all the bad press, poor performance, and other competition, it was shutting down March 24.