BlackBerry Beta Zone now accepting sign ups for BBM beta on Windows Phone

By Bla1ze on 10 Jul 2014 05:24 pm EDT
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As expected due to the app having arrived on the Windows Phone Store under private beta status, BlackBerry has now announced their open, external beta for BBM on Windows Phone. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, BBM on Windows Phone will bring a fresh new native look & feel having been specifically designed for Windows Phone.

The BBM team here at BlackBerry has been busy getting BBM for Windows Phone ready to go. We're preparing for an external beta ahead of our launch and are ready to start accepting applications to participate. Now remember, this is a beta and our expectation is that participants will help us make BBM for Windows Phone great by actively participating. If you're not ready to report bugs, respond to surveys and provide feedback – better to wait just a bit longer for the full release. If you are excited to join the BBM for Windows beta program, please apply at BlackBerry BetaZone.

Out of the gate, BBM for Windows Phone won't have stickers, BBM Voice, BBM Channels and location sharing powered by Glympse but all that good stuff is being worked on and will be added as the app progresses. If you've got a Windows Phone kicking around, you might want to sign up when the links fully go live or at the very least, tell folks you know about it!

Topics: BBM News & Rumors

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BlackBerry Beta Zone now accepting sign ups for BBM beta on Windows Phone

55 Comments

That's a lot of missing features. Better than nothing, I guess. Fingers crossed it works better than BBM for iOS...

Posted via CB10

Too many missing features. Windows Phone users will try it, think it's too basic and lacking, delete it and never use it again.

It would be worth delaying it 6 months and getting all those missing features in to it for launch if they want grow the user base through Windows Phone users and actually keep them in the long run.

Posted from my BlackBerry Z30 STA100-2 /10.2.1.3247 on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.2

You're right! And here I was thinking how I am gonna convince my people on windows phone to try out BBM! I guess that's out of the window now!

Posted via CB10

Why did windows phone get the windows ui and ios and android get the BlackBerry ui?

Loving my black Q10 and white Z10 and ordered the white Z30

I have to wonder the same thing. Although I think the answer is simply Microsoft. They have a strict design scheme and BlackBerry probably had to conform to it. That may be another reason why it came so far behind the others.

Z10

I totally agree wid u.. + I think there are several Microsoft developers who are actively participating with bbry developer for designing this apps. that's why its a mixed bbm.

Newest investment gets what BlackBerry has been saying. We will build the app for the Os's UI in the future.

Posted via CB10

It's very thoughtful of BBRY to have a version for windows phone. But I have not seen anyone in my area with a windows phone. What's this bringing really?

Posted via CB10

you will not see anyone with bb in ukraine, russia and other East European countries.. but there are some amount of wp users.

Really??!!!, considering we use blackberry faithfully and always buy new flagships as they are out, I'll say we are supporting the brand better than you. Note: I'm in Nigeria which is in Africa..

Posted via CB10

I actually think it looks very nice. Maybe even better than the blackberry version.

Say what you want about Windows Phone, UI is not one of the issues.

Posted via CB10

I actually really like the Windows UI. Here's hoping they give BBM a more native iOS and Android look on those platforms.

Anyone try it yet? I'm curious on how it performs and integrates with the OS. Last I checked, Windows doesn't have a great notification system in place.

Posted via CB10

So now we can bbm windows central editors and tell them directly what a holes they are always slamming BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10

Does this mean the bbm for Windows Desktop will soon follow? Is Windows Phone and Windows Desktop basically the same operating system?

Posted via CB10

They could be waiting for Windows 9, which is rumoured to b able to run Metro apps on the desktop as well as a full screen Metro tablet app

Weird to see a BlackBerry CEO not breaking a promise this long.
John Chen hip hip Hurrah!!!
Come what may all my WP users we welcome you with arms wide open!
Cheers!

STL100-1 (10.2.1.3247) STC

Great news but limited features? Come on. So now just clean this up and improve the bbm on ios and we r cross platform in full! Bbm should get a head start and build for Tizen while they are at it!

From my z30

Microsoft puts strict designs guidelines that must be followed, or Blackberry is preparing to port the UI to Windows 8 or 9

I would imagine that they struck some sort of arrangement or as you've said it might be ready for other versions of Windows.

Posted via CB10

I'm happy to see this going on windows fone but once again, it lacks the rest of the features. Why can they launch it just once with everything ready???

Posted via CB10

It is only a beta. I suspect they want to get the core features ironed out before adding more and setting it loose on the world.

Posted via CB10

Looks nicer than the native BB10!

I really like the OS UI. I am considering getting a Windows phone next.

Posted via CB10

It does look nice, even the picture looks bigger. But I wouldn't go as far as getting a windows phone :)

Posted via CB10

I've been testing out a Windows Phone the past couple weeks. When BBM is finally released, it may just keep me on WP for good.