Earlier this year, the Cyprus-based mobile messaging firm Viber became a full-blown Skype(s msft) competitor by releasing a comprehensive desktop app. A version of that app is now available for Windows 8.
Viber for Windows 8 takes advantage of several of the platform’s features. It presents a “live tile”, it can snap to the side of the screen, the search charm works for contacts, and the app – even specific conversations – can be pinned to the Start screen. Of course, users can also exchange stickers and locations as usual.
Although Windows 8’s prospects are up for debate, it’s a smart move for Viber to get in there in such an integrated fashion, particularly as Microsoft’s rival Skype service is itself now so integrated with the operating system.