Viber comes to Windows and Mac, allows free calls and texts from the desktop

Watch out Skype, for Viber just might eat your lunch. Viber’s simple innovation was to combine VOIP with your contact list on your mobile, letting you make calls and SMS’s for free over WIFI (or a data connection).

The obvious next step: a Skype style desktop client that can connect you with your mobile contacts — on the desktop.

Note that the desktop Viber will always be coupled to your mobile account, and will  identify you (and your contacts) via your Viber mobile app. It does this by requiring an activation code that you can only get through Viber on your phone.

One thing to be mindful of, however, is that Viber is still in it’s infancy. Calls we made were sometimes choppy, and video calls did not work.

Surely Viber phone/video conferencing cannot be far away.

Get Viber for Windows/Mac.


 
 
 
Samer Kurdi

Samer Kurdi

Has been reviewing software since 2006 when he started Freewaregenius.com
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  • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

    There is also ooVoo http://www.oovoo.com which allows conferencing for free unlike Skype.

    BTW Vibre was recently reported as being responsible for letting people bypass your Android lock screen. I suspect it’s been fixed by now though.

  • abdirahman buryar

    i like this viber becouse it allows me to communicate my family ; i downlaod it but it can’t install
    tell advance

  • Ludo

    We tried and used Viber for Android in our family. It worked. Sometimes. It killed our batteries. And when it was updated (about every week?) we had to start all over again, every update again, bothering each other. When it will work flawlessly, in 2020 or so, we will try it again. We use Skype now, frustrated with Viber, but happy with Skype.

  • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

    And now we have Google Hangouts which works from browser and has apps for both Android and iOS.