Skype to acquire Qik

Skype announced yesterday that they will acquire mobile video sharing company Qik.

Qik, in case you didn’t know, is an application that lets you stream videos, live, to the web (to the Qik site, twitter, facebook, youtube, etc). But the premium version had qik to qik video calling too. I hope this means that skype is going to push mobile video calling soon to all the other mobile platforms.

Anyways, here’s the post from the Skype Blog, along with a video, by Skype’s CEO Tony Bates:

I’m happy to announce that we’ve entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services that let people capture, instantly share and preserve great moments on video from anywhere. Qik has 60 employees, and is headquartered in Redwood City, California and has an office in Moscow, Russia. We expect to close the transaction in January 2011.

Qik is available on over 200 mobile phones running Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile, and comes preloaded on a wide variety of mobile handsets through partnerships with handset manufacturers and mobile networks.

Skype and Qik share a common purpose of enriching communications with video, and the acquisition of Qik will help to accelerate our leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to our product portfolio.

Through this acquisition, we’ll also be able to take advantage of the engineering expertise that is behind Qik’s Smart Streaming technology, which optimizes video transmission over wireless networks.

Together, we’ll focus on providing great products that will allow people around the world to share experiences in real-time video across different platforms, as well as storing those moments so they can be viewed later.

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Raghu Kannan

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