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BBM for Windows Phone launches in private beta

Blackberry makes good on its promise five months later
Wed Jul 09 2014, 09:49

BlackBerry messenger imageBLACKBERRY HAS RELEASED Blackberry Messenger (BBM) for Windows Phone, although not everyone will be able to download it just yet.

Blackberry announced that BBM for Windows Phone was coming in February at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), and five months later it has made good on its promise, with the app now showing up in Microsoft's Windows Phone store.

The app description reads, "BBM for Windows beta. We're getting ready to welcome Windows Phone users to the BBM community. BBM brings you together in the moment with friends and family through instant chats, voice calls, picture sharing, voice notes and more."

There's no breakdown of the Windows Phone app's features, so it's still not clear whether it boasts the same functionality as Blackberry's iOS and Android apps.

However, only some Windows Phone users will be able to use the BBM app, with Blackberry making it available in private beta, meaning users will need an invitation in order to sign up.

A Blackberry spokesperson explained, "We have been using the Windows Phone storefront to help conduct a closed internal beta to test the BBM for Windows Phone app.

"We plan to use the Windows Phone store to facilitate a broader external beta in the coming weeks. Only users who have been whitelisted to participate in the beta will be able to install the app. More information on how to participate in that external beta will be available through the BBM blog shortly."

Once Blackberry has got some feedback on BBM for Windows Phone, the firm likely will make it available all users of Microsoft's mobile operating system, with the app supporting both Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. However, Blackberry has yet to announce specific details. µ


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