Kakao Talk's PC client to launch in June

Mobile messaging service provider is in the finishing stages of testing and assessing user reception of PC version, which will adopt the same interface as the mobile version.

Kakao will launch a PC version of its mobile messenger KakaoTalk in June.

Kakao Corporation, which developed popular mobile messenging app KakaoTalk, will unveil a PC version of its application next month.

Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday the PC client is currently being tested to gather user feedback and is near the finishing stages.

"We expect the PC version to be out in June at the latest," a Kakao official said in the report.

The desktop version of KakaoTalk will not have any new features and uses the same interface as the mobile app, including friend lists, chat rooms and notification features, it said.

Users will have to register their computers to start chatting and sending emoticons, while log-in notifications will be sent automatically through the mobile app whenever users log onto the PC client.

The company, which currently has more than 90 million users worldwide, offered 10,000 beta versions of the PC client in March but was over-subscribed with 210,000 applications for it, according to a separate report by Chosun Ilbo Wednesday.

Kakao will face stiff competition in the PC messaging space though. Yonhap noted that SK Communication's messaging service NateOn currently leads the market with more than 80 percent share. Other mobile messenging apps such as Daum Communications' My People, NHN Japan's LINE and Viber have also released PC versions of their applications.