BBM Beta goes live on the Windows Phone Store

BBM Beta goes live in Windows Phone Store
By Chuong H Nguyen on 17 Jul 2014 10:00 pm EDT
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If you've joined the BBM Beta program for Windows Phone, there's good news. The BlackBerry Messenger app is now live and ready to be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store, allowing Windows Phone customers to message friends on the BBM service. Of course, most folks here won't care as everyone already has BBM on their BlackBerry but hey, you can tell any Windows Phone folks you know it's being tested and put through its paces.

To download the app, you must be part of the BlackBerry Beta Zone program, which filled up quickly. In addition to the Windows Phone-centric ability to pin to the Start screen, here are some of the features that the app brings to Windows Phone:

  • BBID Setup and Log-in (for Whitelisted BBIDs)
  • Create BBM Profile
  • Invite a contact and suggested contacts (people you know)
  • 1-to-1 & Multi-person Chat
  • Contact Categories
  • Manage Settings
  • BBM Groups
  • Notifications and in-app "splats" for new content. See them in Feeds, Contacts when they've sent you a message, etc.

Additionally, BlackBerry is also reporting the following known issues:

  • Invites and acceptances don't send when Windows Phone goes out of WiFi coverage
  • A few newer emoticons are not rendering properly (i.e brrrr, and flex and @-@)
  • Windows Phone shows as available for BBM Voice call although feature is not supported (seen on Android and iOS, not BlackBerry 10)
  • Error popup appears when using "Find Friends" and the "OK" button is selected
  • Suggested Contacts tab only shows users already using BBM, but lists them as potential contacts when BBM is initially launched

Are you part of the beta program? Let us know what you think of it if you're giving it a run. It'll be interesting to see how many active monthly users Windows Phone users will account for when it's fully released. You can head on over to WPCentral if you're wanting to welcome Windows Phone users to the mix or see the reactions to the app thus far.

Reader comments

BBM Beta goes live on the Windows Phone Store

77 Comments

That was fast but I can't help but wonder why they would push forward with those known issues. Why not polish those bugs and give the user a better impression of bbm?

Posted via CB10

Windows Phone has the highest global growth rate of any platform, plus a new mobile focused CEO. BBM needs to be on all platforms.

Tap the reload/refresh button, that should remove the "rel=nofollow" tag at the end of the link (CB10 adds it to discourage spammers), or remove it manually.

Maybe paste the link into another browser, like Evolution...

Pasted via CB chen

Just loaded it on my wife's Lumia 920. The initialization process isn't instantaneous but once it's set up, it's pretty cool. Fast message delivery. Can't wait to get it running on the other two WP devices in the house. Then everyone will be on BBM.

Posted via CB10

Welcome Windows phone users. Next step is trade the pinto in for a cadillac!

Posted via secure bb10.2.1.2179

All I can say is that it has more than its fair share of bugs at the moment, however it is a beta so I can't complain.

Have you guys noticed BBM has been acting up? I have a z10 and it's a little funky at times. My 2 friends with =5s BBM just stopped working. They have installed and un installed several times.

Posted via CB10

I always feel like BBM does not work very well on iPhone. All of the people I know with iPhones have major issues with BBM. Android seems to work fine, though.

~ TheRealFixxxer 

BBM seems to work fine for my Android contacts.
The issues are usually with my contacts that are iOS users. Might be a coincidence, who knows?!
I wonder if the quality of the BBM updates are of equal quality (or lack there of) for iOS and Android.

Frosty white Q10/10.2.1.3247

It's crazy how there aren't any updates smh. BlackBerry pisses md off sometimes I swear.

Posted via CB10

Yes mine too I've got the latest bbm and I get the spinning blue circle?? Should I uninstal and then re install? Can someone one help me with how to do this if this is a fix. Thanks

Posted via CB10

I can't wait till its available for all. Going to use this on my Lumia 1520. BBM should be preloaded on all windows phones :)

Posted via CB10

With that many issues why go live. Looks like bb10 10.0 unfinished and not very impressive. Disappointed #BBM4ALL #ichoosebb10 #ibelieveinbbry

Posted via CB10

It's bug smashing time.

To find as many as you can before you go live for real, that's what beta is for... to make it betta :-)

Pasted via CB chen

I guess I would just keep to limited beta testers to be able to release with many fewer issues/bugs. That's all. It seems to work decent on my nieces Lumina.

Posted via CB10

Have it on my 520. And not really impressed. Its slow to load up. App closes when you hit the back button so no new notifications come up. The contact list disappears. Missing features that are available on other platforms. Saddest part is, I only have a few contacts. Everyone I know has moved on really. Took way too long for them to go multiplatform.

Really? Are BlackBerry fans really making fun of windows phone users? Seems kind of cheap when BlackBerry has been in decline

Posted via CB10

That's awesome! My friends that have a Windows Phone are excited....they would be even more excited if their contracts were up and they could come back to the BlackBerry 10 platform.

-Dustin on his BlackBerry Q10

Since the release of Windows phone years ago, I have only seen one Windows phone user in the wild, so where are the majority of these users that make W phones a running 3rd? Are they all in the US?

Posted via CB10 on my Z10

I Want a windows BBM client. For me it's the key to create a full cross-platform system. Only BB10 users have an accurate keyboard.... :-)

Got my beta invite earlier Thursday, but haven't loaded it up since Channels isn't part of the beta yet. If I were able to use BBM on multiple platforms simultaneously, this wouldn't be an issue.

And I don't want to lose my chats =P

That's the only thing I miss from the Android version, but it'll arrive as this is just the initial beta release. If I remember Channels weren't in the BB, iOS or Android versions initially either.

I've been experiencing intermittent problems with BBM Video over the past couple of days, so hopefully they can get it all together soon.

Posted via CB10

This would be awesome news if I hadn't recently traded up my Windows Phone on Kijiji for a Z10 :) and then, had someone give me a Q5... not sure I can look back to Windows Phone now :)

Posted via CB10

Good news! Go BlackBerry!.. I don't personally know anyone with a windows phone, however I don't personally know anyone with a BlackBerry phone either..lol

Z10

So my boyfriend said that bbm isn't actually free. Is this true despite them saying it is. Are there any hidden charges I need to know about, if I signed with my old blackberry account, will it charge me money for using my old account on my Nokia! Please reply asap as I want to and hope to use it!