BlackBerry has made good its promise from last week. BBM for Windows Phone is now available for download onto Windows Phone 8 devices.
“As the popularity of BBM continues to grow, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand its availability to the Windows Phone community,” said John Sims, President Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry. “The BBM app for Windows Phone shows our commitment to supporting cross-platform capabilities, and we are excited to be working with Microsoft to deliver a new level of collaboration to the Windows Phone platform.”
The Windows Phone 8 version of BBM was developed specifically for the Windows Phone experience. This first release comes with the following features:
- BBM Chats: The Chats page is your single destination for all your chats, including groups, multi-person and one-to-one. In a chat, you have lots of ways to share. You can attach a picture from your camera, add a voice note, send a contact, share a photo from your gallery or send your 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: Discover people you know that are also using BBM and invite them to your BBM contact list, from within the app. With the ability to easily share your PIN with your friends and family, connecting is easier than ever.
- BBM Feeds: Feeds lets you see what’s happening with your BBM contacts. Here you will see when contacts update their status or profile photo. If you want to chat about one of their updates, just touch on their name and you’ll be taken to a chat. Here you can also quickly update your own status to share what you’re up to or what’s on your mind.
- ‘Pin’ to Start: Pin BBM Groups and 1:1 chats to the Start screen for easy access to your most important chats
More features, including BBM Voice and BBM Channels will be rolled out in future updates.
BlackBerry first launched BBM in 2005. Initially available on BlackBerry devices, the company expanded its availability to Android and iOS devices last year. It is now used by more than 85 million people across the world.
BBM for Windows Phone can now be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store for free.