Viber Arrives on Windows 8 PCs and Tablets
After launching its Windows Phone 8 version last July, Viber has now rolled out its version on Windows 8. This would mean that the free messaging and VoIP app would now be downloaded and used in desktops and tablets that are running on Microsoft’s new operating system.
In a statement, Viber CEO Talmon Marco reiterated that Windows 8 has been an exciting platform where the service would be facilitated. That is because the OS brings about new user interface elements along with unique functionality that would be enjoyed by users for the first time. He emphasized that bringing Viber to Windows 8 is part of the company’s commitment to cross platforms and have wide availability.
The new app was designed specifically for the new system. It boasts of some Windows 8 exclusives involving the OS’ unique live tiles as well as lock screen notifications. Viber for Windows 8 is a wholly compatible and customized version of the app to make it perfectly suitable to the touch-friendly OS.
The Viber conversations could be pinned to the OS’ Start screen to enable users to remain updated with the status of their contacts. The app could be snapped to the side of a tablet or PC screen to enable continuous chatting activities even while the user is writing an email, searching the Web, or doing some other tasks in the computer.
Users could also search for their contacts through the use of the Search charm. They could also change language settings and set Windows 8 toast notifications to make sure that no message or call is missed. Of course, the signature stickers would also be included in the version’s services.
This new app also includes more seamless call transfers and integration between the mobile and the desktop versions. Viber for Windows 8 could be downloaded for free online and through the Windows app store.
Viber launched its Windows Phone 8 refreshed version in July. By doing so, it added smartphone-specific user interface and even native call screen plus support for live tiles, performance enhancements, and even bug fixes.
Just last week, the company also introduced low-cost calling features for Viber Out. The service makes it possible to make very cheap calls specifically to landline and mobile phones. Interestingly, this service is now possible even if an individual is not actually a Viber user.