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Simple, short video messages

Skype's newest app, Qik, is what Skype would look like if they invented it for today's smartphone world. Instead of hosting a live video chat, you send quick video messages that your friends can view at any time.

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Home screen

The app's main screen shows you current conversations. You can swipe left to delete any of them.

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Record your clip

Swipe down from the top of the home screen to record a new message, no longer than 42 seconds.

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Send it off

Once you're done, you can send your message to any of your contacts in the app.

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Conversation

In each conversation, you'll see the latest message at the top, followed by a row of previous messages.

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Qik Flick

Don't have time to send a new message? There's a feature called Qik Flick that lets you send five-second long message reactions that you record yourself.

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