BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), which claims 85 million users worldwide, leaves the beta for its Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 declination.
BlackBerry is heading for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 with its famous messaging service BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) now available for free on the mobile platform. In fact, the service exits beta version 1.01 for adoption, according to a blog contribution on 15 August.
The application is available for three mobile OS (plus BlackBerry OS) with iOS, Android and Windows Phone. BBM This version differs from others by being fully integrated into Windows Phone.
While versions for iOS and Android are very faithful to the original version for BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone Version and takes advantage of the Modern UI interface. It revolves around three windows (cats, feeds and contacts) that are accessed by sliding your finger horizontally across the screen. For cats, you can even pin a conversation that appears on the home page as a tile and can be moved on it.
A synonym integration simplicity and ergonomics: what also create a line with that of the Windows Phone OS user experience. It is also the path that should be taken in the future BBM on PC and Android to suit updates.
As a reminder, BBM is an instant messaging available free for initiating conversations or group with one person. Contacts are added by calling a PIN BBID (or QR Code) code, which avoids to specify the phone number or email address.
Note that this version of BBM 220.127.116.11 includes conversations (cats) but not yet free calls (BBM Voice), channels (Channels BBM) for taking part in discussions on various themes, stickers (emoticons) and location sharing via Glympse.
Features that will happen in the future in connection with future updates. BlackBerry was also stepwise process for BBM on iOS and Android applications that have benefited from BBM Voice, file sharing and location (by integrating Glympse application) with contacts in real time on a predefined time, that in February 2014 (when these versions were launched in the fall of 2013).
BlackBerry: “BBM’s popularity continues to grow”
The Canadian company, based in Waterloo, pursuing its strategy of opening in which it is committed to offset its difficulties on the market of smartphones. A strategy that pushes BlackBerry to promote the market for enterprise solutions but also to play the card of its flagship consumer services, BBM in mind.
The company is pragmatic BBM adapting to the most used mobile platforms. If iOS and Android are inevitable, Windows Phone can not possibly be ignored.
To celebrate the launch of the public beta of BBM for Windows Phone, John Sims, president of BlackBerry Enterprise Global Services, and said in a statement: “As the popularity of BBM continues to grow, we are delighted to have the opportunity to expand its availability to the Windows Phone community. The BBM app for Windows Phone demonstrates our commitment to support the cross-platform capabilities and we are excited to work with Microsoft to deliver a new level of collaboration to the Windows Phone platform. ”
BBM claims 85 million active users per month worldwide.