Telegram is one of the fastest-growing messengers in the world at the moment alongside India’s Hike and several others. Its rise has been as a result of several factors including the growing need for more secure chat services among users. Other factors have been the need for more features by users that are not available on rival apps. However, its biggest rival’s losses in the form of persistent outages have been its blessing in disguise. It rose to prominence during one of WhatsApp’s worst outages soon after it was bought by Facebook. Recently, it gained over 1.5 million users in the wake of a court ruling in Brazil banning the use of WhatsApp. That decision has since been reversed.
Its key strength, however, has been availability across all platforms. Telegram has been available everywhere from the word go. On Linux, BlackBerry, Chrome, Windows (desktop and mobile), Mac, iOS, Android… name it. It is only last year that WhatsApp finally became available on the desktop and even then its use case is convoluted. Now it is emerging that the team behind Telegram is also working on a universal Windows 10 application.
The information surfaced on Twitter when Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov responded to user query.
— Pavel Durov (@durov) January 19, 2016
There is no specific timeline so we don’t know when to expect it.
Telegram already has a very fully functional desktop client on Windows that even integrates well with Windows 10’s Action Centre where notifications can be accessed if a user chooses so.