KakaoTalk, the hugely popular free mobile messaging app, has expanded to personal computers with a trial version released Tuesday. Traditional instant messaging giants are on alert as their users might move to the new service.
"We received more than 210,000 applications for testing the trial service ahead of the official launch," Kakao said on Monday. "We will allow 10,000 people to try the service for a couple of months and then officially release it around May."
The trial version will focus on simple chatting rather than shopping or content sharing, Kakao said.
Daum Communications' My People and NHN Japan's Line also released PC versions a few years ago but failed to attract attention. However, industry insiders expect KakaoTalk to bring a seismic change to the market.