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BBM to Land on Desktop As Well, Despite Mobile Issues

by Jacob Kleinman | September 26, 2013September 26, 2013 10:00 am PDT

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BlackBerry may be having problems at home, but on the other side of the world BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 is in full swing with some exciting news about the company’s popular messaging service. BBin reports that the Waterloo company will launch BBM on Windows desktop computers, after unveiling the software at the expo in Hong Kong, though there’s no set release date at this point.

BBM was scheduled to launch on Android and iOS devices over the past weekend, marking the service’s expansion beyond BlackBerry’s own hardware. However, the release was quickly cut short due to technical issues with no word on when it might re-launch.

The company’s most recent setback clearly isn’t enough to slow down BBM’s expansion. The messaging service is one of the company’s few remaining valuable assets, and bringing it to desktop computers will help give BlackBerry an edge over competing apps like WhatsApp, which only works on mobile devices. The company still has to face off with iMessage, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts, however, all of which work on both mobile and desktop, and have massive built-in user bases.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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