If, like many of us, you’re getting bored with the amount of different messenger programs for your smartphone, you’re likely to be rolling your eyes at the next sentence. Microsoft, purveyors of the famous Skype messaging service, has developed a competitor to SnapChat, in the form of their video only messaging app, Skype Qik. We’ve downloaded and checked it out for you, and bring you the skinny on this new service so you can decide whether it’s worth adding it to your app list!
So what is it?
Basically speaking, it’s a video messaging app. Simply set it up to link to your contacts on your smartphone, press a button, record your message, then send it. Sounds pretty simple eh? It allows you to send messages to one person, or groups, and you can save your created groups so that you can make collaborating via video quite easy. You can send messages to anyone who’s in your phone contacts list, simply recording and tapping a button to send.
My friends don’t have it!
Microsoft, in its attempt to break into the video messaging sector, has created a sneaky little feature in order to try and tap into this slightly over saturated market. Basically, when you send a message to a friend who doesn’t currently have the app, a link is sent to your contact in order to send them to the app/play store to go and get it. Of course this only works if your friend wants to actually download the app, and if not, your message is likely to go into the ether, never to be seen again, but we can see where they were going with this.
The good bits
It’s well designed and easy to use, with a great little interface that makes messaging really quite easy, and its feature allows you to send a pre-recorded message if you’re too busy, allowing you to stay connected without much effort. However, whilst recording a generic happy birthday message and being able to send a video greeting at a push of a button might seem like a good idea, if your friend is with another friend that’s had the same message from you on their birthday, then chances are you’ll have to send flowers!
Is it worth it?
If you’re looking for something that you can send video messages on with ease, then yes. Otherwise, Microsoft has got it a little wrong. SnapChat works by capturing moments and is more “off the cuff”. This way of messaging seems a little forced, although some people might prefer it to using messengers such as WhatsApp or iMessage. It’s an alternative, but really no better than any of the other messaging services out there.
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