BBM to land on Windows Phone this summer

BlackBerry's Messenger app will also wend its way to the new Nokia X platform.

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BlackBerry Messenger will expand its reach in the coming months.

In a blog posted Monday, BBM product and marketing chief Jeff Gadway revealed that the Messenger app will debut for Windows Phone users sometime this summer. The app will also travel to the newly-announced Android-powered Nokia X platform, though Gadway didn't reveal an ETA for that rollout.

BBM already supports BlackBerry OS, iOS, and Android. Users had been asking BlackBerry to extend BBM to other mobile systems, such as Windows Phone, Gadway added.

"BBM continues to grow in popularity as millions of people use our mobile platform for chatting and connecting with friends or colleagues, and we are very excited that we will soon welcome Windows Phone and Nokia X users to the BBM community," John Sims, president of BlackBerry's Global Enterprise Solutions, said in a statement.

Once available only on BlackBerry devices, BlackBerry Messenger rolled out to iOS and Android last October . That move added more than 40 million registered users to the total BBM population by the end of 2013. Earlier this month, BlackBerry released BBM version 2.0 for iOS and Android with a lineup of new features, including free phone calls, the BBM Channels discussion forum, and Dropbox support.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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