It’s official – the new Viber for Windows Phone 8 has been released!
Viber Media, the leading mobile messaging and VoIP company, has announced the launch of the much-anticipated latest version of Viber. This time it’s all about the Windows Phone 8 version. As is always the case with new Viber releases, this one is packed with some pretty brilliant features.
Viber previously launched an application for Windows Phone that didn’t support voice calling. However, that has changed with the new version, which also comes with all of the already familiar features supported by other operating systems: free text and photo messaging, free VoIP HD calling, and group chat that can gather up to 40 of your friends. You can share photos directly from your device’s photo gallery and location sharing is included as well. Given the fact that Viber is popular and used around the globe, the app supports up to 30 different languages.
So what is new? The new customized look and performance of Viber for Windows Phone 8, have been enhanced. It actually comes with an interface that has been especially tailored for the latest generation of Windows Phone devices, including a native call screen. One new interesting feature has been added – now you can pin your conversations to the home screen via tiles (Live Tiles). For conversations that remain unpinned, users will get lock screen notifications.
The redesigned app will now be available on the growing list of Windows 8 devices. In the words of Talmon Marco, Viber CEO: “One of our most important goals is supporting multiple platforms, ensuring our users can reach all of their friends and contacts no matter what mobile OS they use. Supporting Windows Phone 8 is a critical part of this strategy.”
Well, there you have it, folks – free calls and free texts with loads of other cool stuff, now available for WP. This is exciting news for the WP ecosystem. However, Viber will have to compete with other communication apps like Skype, Facebook, and WhatsApp. That could be a challenge. Still, this is a huge step forward for the Viber application and it opens up new markets for the fast-growing app. In the end, it’s all about pleasing the users. Viber Media have thus once again confirmed that, in their case, users come first.