Its been a long time since Blackberry Messenger moved out of Blackberry world to Android and iOS back in October, 2013. But Windows Phone users were left high and dry as Blackberry didn’t release a Windows Phone version back then. The company released a private beta version of BBM in June and after collaborating with Microsoft has finally launched the open beta version freely accessible from Windows Phone store. Incidentally Blackberry Messenger or fondly called BBM has monthly loyal active user base of 85 million which is quite huge.
Blackberry set a sort of record when it was downloaded 10 million times within 24 hours of its launch on Android and iOS platforms last year. Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app for Windows Phone will only be compatible with Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1. Blackberry Messenger (BBM) for Windows Phone blends perfectly with the native clean Windows Phone UI with modern design.
BBM app for Windows Phone allows you to send messages, files, pictures across BBM network. On top of that it allows you to track if the message has been read or is in the process of being replied to. Contacts, Chats and Feeds are the three most important pillars of Blackberry Messenger and have very well been assimilated into BBM interface for Windows Phone. Contacts shows you a list of people on your BBM, Chats obviously shows the back and forth messaging between you and your contacts and finally on Feeds you can see when a contact has updated his or her photo or status.
Apparently not all the features of Blackberry Messenger (BBM) would be available in this version. “We’ll be working to quickly add more features to BBM for Windows Phone such as stickers, BBM Voice, BBM Channels and location sharing powered by Glympse in the months ahead,” BlackBerry said in early July. These features most probably would be made available in the version 2 of the app as has been mentioned in the product description.
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BBM launched in 2005 once used to be a dominant force in the instant messaging due to its secure environment, robust hardware (blackberry devices) and innovation. To this date BBM has an army of loyal users who would never give up on it. The mega success of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, WeChat etc motivated Blackberry to come out of Blackberry devices to more dominant Android and iOS platforms. However Blackberry Messenger seems to have arrived very late and has lost quite a big chunk of market pie to newcomers like WhatsApp and WeChat.