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Aug 17, 2014

BBM for Windows Phone Exits Beta, Download Now Version 1.0

Good news for Windows Phone fans who have been patiently waiting for BlackBerry to keep their promise and bring BBM on Microsoft's mobile platform, as the Canadian company has just released the final version of their instant messenger.

Windows Phone is the fourth major operating system that gets BBM, after the application landed on BlackBerry, Android, and iOS a long time ago. Anyway, for those unaware, BlackBerry kicked off the beta program for BBM for Windows Phone a few weeks ago, but given the fact that the beta version of the application was open for everyone, anyone with a compatible device could have download it. Obviously, there were lots of things that needed to be fixed and a few new features had to be implemented, but BBM was working well enough on Windows Phone devices. BlackBerry even released a few updates for the beta version of BBM for Windows Phone that would further improve user overall experience. Today, however, the Canadian company announces that BBM for Windows Phone has exit beta and the final version is now available for download via Windows Phone Store.

Version 1.0 of BBM for Windows Phone brings another set of improvements and bug fixes, which should make it more stable for those who have experienced any issues with the application during beta testing. Here is what the developers had to say about this first version of BBM for Windows Phone:  “We're excited to offer BBM to Windows Phone users! V1 focuses on bringing the speed, privacy and security of BBM – loved by millions around the world – to chatting and sharing through 1:1, multi-person and BBM Group chats. We're already working hard on V2 where we'll introduce additional features to BBM for Windows Phone.” And as mentioned earlier, the newest version of BBM for Windows Phone packs a few improvements and bug fixes over the previous ones.

For example, the developers confirm that the update should feature improved application launch times. A certain issue that some users faced where BBM would display in English when the device language was set to Spanish, has been addressed as well. Last but not least, BlackBerry stated that other bug fixes and performance improvements have been included in the update as well, but no additional details on any of these have been shared yet. You can now download BBM for Windows Phone 1.01 for free via Windows Phone Store. Keep in mind that the application should be fully compatible with all devices powered by Windows Phone 8 and up.

BBM for Windows Phone (screenshots)
Image credits to BlackBerry
BBM for Windows Phone Now Available
Video credits to BlackBerry


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