While many users may still prefer the standard web-app, Twitch will be launching a desktop client for its popular video-streaming software. The company announced today that Twitch will rebrand and enhance the Curse App as the Twitch Desktop App, giving players even more options on how they watch and stream content. The app will serve as a communication tool and natural extension of Twitch’s main platform.

The Twitch Desktop App features community servers, voice/video messaging, and game content distribution to represent a unified communication tool for the Twitch community. This benefits streamers as much as their followers, since their communities can thrive even when the streamer is offline. The public beta for the Twitch Desktop App begins on March 16 and will be available for download here. While PC and laptop users may find the web-app handy, newer 2-in-1 and Surface users will most likely love the new desktop option.

“Since the Twitch community thrives on building solid and meaningful connections with each other, we have been hard at work building products that address this need,” said Emmett Shear, CEO, Twitch. “The Twitch Desktop App–which features all of the elements people love about the Curse app, such as screen sharing, voice and video calling, and community server creation–is now bolstered by Twitch features. This includes Friends, Whispers, activity sharing, and will soon serve as a game library for purchases fulfilled by Twitch. The result is a one-stop shop for connecting members of our community.”

On March 16, existing Curse App users worldwide will receive a newly-branded Twitch Desktop App with a community ‘home base’ called Servers. This destination will include Twitch streams and chat in an easy to manage interface. Users will also easily connect with gaming friends, just as they have before. Whispers will be Twitch’s private chat messaging, and will work seamlessly between the Twitch platform and the Twitch Desktop App. You will also be able to make voice and video calls using the Desktop app, the company stated that the service will be a simple one-click operation. As we reported earlier, users will soon be able to download games straight from the app, that service will launch this spring.

The new Twitch will also offer activity sharing on the desktop app, giving users the ability to see when your friends are streaming, watching a stream or playing a game on both platforms.