After confirming the release earlier this year, BlackBerry has finally released BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Windows Phone. On the downside, users can only get BBM installed on their Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices after receiving an invite from the company as the app is currently available in private beta stage.
BlackBerry had initially refused the arrival of BBM on Windows Phone platform in January, but its Global Enterprise Solutions President John Sims had announced the release of BBM on Windows Phone in late February.
BBM for Windows Phone comes with similar features that are available across BBM apps for Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10. This include instant chats, voice calls, picture sharing and voice notes. Apart from usual instant messaging features, the app will provide an access to BBM Channels and come with BBM Groups when available for the masses.
BBM was earlier exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones but the company released BBM for Android and iOS after facing hardships solely being as a smartphone marker. In October last year, BlackBerry had announced the release of its BBM for Android and iOS which surpassed the figure of 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours after its availability.