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Latest PC version of the popular chat and messaging app

Latest PC version of the popular chat and messaging app

Vote: (440 votes)

Program license: Free

Program by: Viber Media

Version: 5.1

Works under: Windows

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Program license

(440 votes)

Free

Program by

Version

Viber Media

5.1

Works under:

Windows

Viber is a communications app that works for your mobile device and your desktop.

Viber acts as a great alternative to regular texting and voice call platforms. You can send texts, make audio or video calls, send GIFs and other pictures, and more. You can also create group conversations. The Windows 10 version allows you to sync these calls with your desktop, making it extremely easy for you to continue conversations via your computer as opposed to your phone. This can be great for personal or work purposes, and it is a nice alternative to regular texts or Emails.

The one aspect of Viber that is a little different than standard texting or calling feature is its "communities" feature, which allows you to have long conversations with people who have common interests. This is a great way to meet new friends and engage socially. Indeed, this feature makes Viber almost like a social network, rather than just a communications app. While this is an interesting feature, there aren't many management features with larger groups. As such, communications can become large and unwieldy. This feature is better for smaller, group conversations, and the moderator features work very well here.

Viber's website also brags that it offers a variety of security features. It doesn't sell or give anyone access to your information, doesn't monitor your private conversations, and notes that no communication is every stored on Viber's servers. It also features end-to-end encryption, ensuring that the messages cannot be read by anyone else. At the moment, there have been no major security breaches involving Viber.

Like any of these apps, you do have to pay to use them. However, the pricing structure is relatively simple and easy to understand. It also has a very inexpensive trial period, allowing you to call people in up to fifty countries for no more than $5.99 per month.

In order to use Viber for Windows 10, you do need to activate an account on your phone first, making it a little more annoying to get started with this program. The app can be downloaded for free. Viber is owned and operated by Rakuten.

Pros:

  • Works across multiple platforms and has accounts that are synced together, enabling you to easily switch between your desktop and phone. This applies to the Windows 10 version as well.
  • Has all of the standard features that any of these communication apps are now expected to use, including voice calls, texting, and more.
  • Has a great trial period that comes with no obligation, allowing you to see if you like the service before making a longer purchase.
  • The Communities feature is a great way of having smaller group conversations.
  • Robust security features.

Cons:

  • Requires that you set up an account on your phone before you can set it up on your desktop.
  • The Communities feature is nice but not very advanced by modern standards; the lack of ability to manage or filter larger groups can make this feature less enjoyable. It seems like a more rudimentary version of standard social media features.