BBM, BlackBerry Messenger, BBM for Windows

We all know by now that BlackBerry has been in the news quite a bit lately, most recently with the announcement of its acquisition.

However, it’s BlackBerry Messenger that has been left hanging in limbo while all of this transpires after a failed launch attempt last weekend.

Now we hear word that during the BlackBerry Jam Asia conference that’s currently underway in Hong Kong, BlackBerry demonstrated BBM running in a desktop Windows environment, very unexpected considering the company’s avoidance of launching BBM for Windows Phone.

As you can see in the image above courtesy of CrackBerry, the BlackBerry smartphone display is basically able to project onto the Windows desktop, including a list of ongoing conversations and individual chats. The software can mirror a BlackBerry’s display over USB or Wi-Fi, and it’s also said to feature Windows integration for sharing files. BlackBerry says that it’s got a working Mac version of this BBM software as well.

It may not be a native app, but it’s certainly the next best thing. Of course, there is not yet an official release date for this feature, nor any mention of when or if BBM would be coming to WP8. As this is simply a tech demo, it’s not even clear if this will come out at all. Fingers crossed, Microsoft fans!

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at