Blackberry says no to BBM Windows Phone app

If you are a Windows Phone user, eagerly waiting for Blackberry Messenger to make a debut on Windows Phone store, then you will be disappointed to know that BBM is not expected anytime soon. The decision to ignore BBM app for Windows Phone that is currently the world’s third mobile OS is indeed a sad one because in recent months Windows OS has grown tremendously going from strength to strength.

Confirming this decision Blackberry cited the reason as lack of consumer demand for BBM on Windows OS. However, this argument may well fail to convince many, especially to those who witnessed BBM’s spectacular debut when it was launched on iOS and android mounting to 10 million downloads in the first day of launch itself.


Justifying the decision, David Proulx, BlackBerry’s Senior Director of BBM Business Development said at Trusted Reviews.

It [the continuing lack of a BBM Windows Phone app] is entirely market driven. Our initial launch on iOS and Android was a function of the prevalence of those platforms. It is not a statement of intent, and it’s not a strategic or religious thing, it’s just a function of when does it make sense and when is it something that consumers demand in sufficient numbers to make it worth our while and worth their while.

While Blackberry may, yet not see enough market for it BBM on Windows Phone, there are enough indications of the increasing market share of Windows Phone users. The platform has highly benefitted from applications such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Vine apps, all available at the Windows Phone App Store. Also with Microsoft taking over the Nokia brand there are strong reasons to believe that Windows OS is only going to gain from here on.

So what’s your take on this. Were you the one waiting for BBM on your Windows Phone?

Via Neowin.

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Ankit Gupta is a writer by profession and has more than 7 years of global writing experience on technology and other areas. He follows technological developments and likes to write about Windows & IT security. He has a deep liking for wild life and has written a book on Top Tiger Parks of India.


  1. Ian Crick

    I wasn’t really waiting for it, but I know my daughter has been, as I give her my previous windows mobile. This type of attitude from blackberry is why they are not so popular. 3 of our daughters have binned their blackberry’s for other phones, because of the problems they had and lack of apps. It’s odd they way blackberry doesn’t want to create an app for windows, knowing lack of apps is what turned people away from them. I cannot understand why iPhone’s are nearly always the 1st to be supported, when most people cannot afford them, just look at HSBC bank and Sky.

  2. Ankit Gupta

    Thanks Ian for your comment 🙂 . I agree that we need same treatment, no matter whether it is iOS, Andriod or for that matter Windows Phone. Not all can buy or like a particular make.

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