Viber releases desktop version as users hit 200m
Windows and Mac offerings introduce video calls, herald v3.0 of VoIP platform
VoIP and messaging platform Viber has announced the release of Viber Desktop for PC and Mac, which the company said provides similar functionality to the mobile versions of the app.
The announcement comes as Viber claimed that it had reached the 200-million-user milestone already surpassed by Twitter, WhatsApp and Skype.
The Viber app, which uses an account holder's phone number as their ID, allows free VoIP calls and messaging and was previously available only for mobile platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
The desktop version is said to integrate with the mobile app, supporting the transfer of calls between Viber Desktop and the mobile app with one click or tap. While messages' Sent and Received logs are synchronised between devices, audio notifications are only broadcast on the device currently being used.
The desktop offering also introduces video calls for the first time on the Viber platform, albeit in a beta release.
"People spend a substantial amount of time on their smartphones," said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber.
"However, a lot of that usage takes place at home or in the office, where they have laptops or desktops close by. With Viber Desktop you always get to use the most convenient device. You can seamlessly switch devices while messaging and even transfer calls between your mobile and desktop."
The release of Viber Desktop is part of the roll out of Viber 3.0, the next major version of the platform. The 3.0 release includes major updates to both the Android and iOS versions of the app, as well as a new version for BlackBerry.
Viber for Android now supports: Dutch, Korean, Swedish, and Turkish in addition to previous languages.