In collaboration with Microsoft, BlackBerry is bringing BBM to Windows Phone 8 and higher.
The BBM app for Windows builds on the collaboration, privacy and security features that are at the core of the BBM experience. Built specifically for the Windows Phone experience, BBM users will have a familiar, native UX that embraces the design of the Windows Phone UI.
"We are intent on bringing popular app experiences to Windows Phone, and with BBM, we are pleased to bring many of its top features to the Windows Phone platform," said Bryan Biniak, Vice President and General Manager, Developer Experience, Microsoft. "BBM on Windows Phone brings our customers the secure, easy-to-use messaging experience they demand, and we expect that new features will roll out in the months to come."
Windows Phone 8 users gain access to the following BBM features:
BBM Chats: The app permits chats with groups, multi-person and one-to-one. In a chat users can attach a picture from their camera, add a voice note, send a contact, share a photo from their gallery or send their location. Chats also include BBM signature "D" and "R" notifications that allow users to know when messages are delivered and read.
BBM Groups: With BBM Groups, up to 50 people can be added to the conversation. Chat, share photos and schedules with even more friends.
Find Friends: Users can find people they know that are also using BBM and invite them to their BBM contact list—from within the app—and also have the ability to easily share their PIN with friends.
BBM Feeds: Feeds allows users to see what's happening with their BBM contacts. They can view when contacts update their status or profile photo, as well as chat about one of their updates—simply touch the contact's name and they will be transferred to a chat. Users can also quickly update their own status.
Pin to Start: Pin BBM Groups and 1:1 chats to the start screen for easy access to important chats.
John Sims, President Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry, said, "The BBM app for Windows Phone shows our commitment to supporting cross-platform capabilities."