BBM, BlackBerry Messenger, BB Messenger

We already knew from BlackBerry CEO John Chen that the highly anticipated BBM for Windows Phone would be coming in July, and here it is, right on schedule. Kind of.

The private beta of BlackBerry Messenger was discovered in the deepest recesses of the Windows Phone Store, which means at least the app appears to be right on schedule, though it can’t be downloaded yet, unless of course you happen to be on the private beta.

BBM will likely be released before the end of the month

From what we know about BBM’s Windows Phone iteration, it will include the familiar user interface that users have come to enjoy on iOS and Android while incorporating some UI elements of Microsoft’s mobile OS. This includes a Live Tile, of course, an obvious exclusive to the Windows Phone version, but there are other elements in store as well.

As for features, the app is expected to include BBM Channels, stickers, and other features from its iOS and Android counterparts.

The fact that we’re seeing a private beta, along with the CEO’s earlier promise, means that BBM will likely be released before the end of the month as long as the private beta goes well. We’ll keep everyone updated right here on TruTower with any further developments on BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone. For now, you can view the beta here.

BBM’s forthcoming release also means that there are very few calling and messaging apps missing from the Windows Phone Store as the world’s third mobile platform continues to gain momentum.

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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