Viber hits 200m users, introduces video calling with new desktop apps

7 May 2013

Not content with reaching a reported 200m users across all platforms, Viber is now challenging Skype head on with the launch of beta desktop apps for Windows and Mac that enable video calling.

Viber Desktop integrates with Viber mobile apps, allowing a user to transfer calls from a desktop to a mobile with a tap, while also syncing his or her messages and conversations. The beta desktop apps also allow users to send and receive video calls to other Viber Desktop users, as well as voice calls and text messages to Viber users across all platforms.

This now widens the cross-platform reach of Viber, which has already got iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and even the lesser-spotted Sybmian and Bada covered in the mobile space.


Having reported 140m users at the end of last year, Viber now claims 200m users in 193 countries. To maintain its worldwide reach, support for eight new languages has also been added, bringing the total to 27.

Major updates have also been made to Viber for Android, iOS and BlackBerry.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.