BBM App for Windows Phone Now Available in Private Beta

RIM BB10 launch torontoThe BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service, which is already available on Android and iOS, has now made its way to Windows Phone store as a private beta app. Previously BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, had confirmed that BBM for Windows Phone will be launched in July.

The BBM app for Windows Phone beta version can be downloaded via an invitation only, from the Windows Phone Store. The app is 11MB in size and is compatible with Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

The BlackBerry Messenger app for Windows Phone has been long-awaited ever since the company had launched the BBM app on Android and iOS in October last year.

Last month BlackBerry had also announced the availability of BBM Protected, the first solution in the eBBM Suite for secure enterprise-class messaging.

The eBBM Suite is a new family of BBM products and services built for business that according to BlackBerry brings together the ‘convenience and usability of BBM’ with the ‘additional security and compliance’ required by enterprise customers.

The current release of BBM Protected can be used for BlackBerry smartphones running BB0S 6.0 or later or BlackBerry 10 in Regulated mode. Versions of BBM Protected for BlackBerry 10 smartphones using BlackBerry Balance and iOS and Android devices are expected later this year.

According to BlackBerry, BBM Protected enables employees to use the same app to securely message colleagues inside the company for work as they do to chat and share with family and friends outside the company.

Secure BBM Protected chats aren’t limited to users inside the company; employees can chat securely with BBM Protected users at others companies too – they do not need to be on the same BES server and no federation between servers is required.


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