Microsoft has announced the arrival of BlackBerry’s instant messaging service on Windows Phone, in what may be cheery news for lovers of the popular messaging tool.
The service, which is called BBM Beta for Windows Phone, is now available as free download on Windows Phones Store, the company said.
John Sims, President Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry says that “as the popularity of BBM continues to grow, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand its availability to the Windows Phone community. The BBM app for Windows Phone is an exciting new chapter for the BBM service, and we are excited to be working with Microsoft to deliver a new level of collaboration to the Windows Phone platform.”
According to Microsoft, BBM Beta for Windows Phone comes with chats page where you will find all of your chats; one-on-one, multi-person, or group chats. Chats can consist of simple text messages, voice notes, your location, and photos from your gallery or directly from your camera. Chats also include BBM signature “R” and “D” notifications that allow you to see when a message has been read or delivered.
With the BBM app for Windows Phone you can up to 50 people to a group chat, meaning nobody need miss out on any of the conversation. You can invite your friends to be included in your BBM contact list right from within the app by sharing your BBM PIN.
BBM Beta is free to download and is now available on the Windows Phone Store.