Viber take on Skype with new desktop app

Viber has bring out a counterpunch after Skype announced to integrate video calling with the Outlook.com web service by releasing with a new desktop app that let you make free call from Mac or Windows PCs, including video calls including free voice calls, photo messaging, text chat and location-sharing with other Viber users, and desktop-to-desktop video conferencing also.

The release of Viber Desktop is part of the rollout of Viber 3.0, a release which will include major updates to both the Android and iOS versions, as well as a new version for BlackBerry. The desktop application functions in a similar way to the mobile app, albeit with an extended screen and interface. Other new features include new stickers, support for transferring live calls between desktop and mobile, and improved voice engine promising better quality on all networks.

The company announced that it has 200 million regular users, up from 140 million at the end of 2012. The figure is a major milestone for the Cyprus-based firm-but it is still dwarfed by Skype, which has more than 600 million users.