Skype is taking on Snapchat with new app Qik

Video-calling service Skype is pretty much the go-to app when it comes to such calls across different mobile platforms, but the firm is now looking to branch out.

They’ve set their sights on Snapchat and the quick-fire video messaging world with new app Skype Qik, which enables users to send short video clips between friends, as well as groups.

The app syncs with your contacts book, and any friends who don’t yet have the app can be invited when you send them a clip.

Clips can be up to 42 seconds long – and yes that is a nod to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – and unlike Snapchat they don’t disappear after that time. Instead they last two weeks, though you can choose to hide videos you’ve received if you so wish.

The group messaging aspect of the app looks like a could be a real key selling point when it comes to drawing in users.

In order to keep that Skype feeling of being accessible regardless of what type of device you’re using, the app is available for free on Windows Phone as well as iOS and Android. However Skype has confirmed that it has no plans to link up Qik with their main video calling app, so users will have to get used to using two.

The app is available to download from today.

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