BlackBerry Messenger Service to Shut Down Next Month

By Paul Riegler on 19 April 2019
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IMG_2436Creative Media Works, which operates the consumer version of BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, announced Thursday it will discontinue the service next month.

“Today we’re announcing that we will be closing BBM consumer service on 31 May 2019,“ the company said in a statement.

The company said it had tried to keep BBM going but users had “moved on to other platforms,” noting that the technology industry is “very fluid.”

“Three years ago, we set out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service, one of the most loved instant messaging applications, as a cross-platform service where users can not only chat and share life experiences, but also consume content and use payment services,” it said.

The news does not effect the enterprise version of BBM.

Consumer Media Works’ parent Emtek licensed the rights to offer a consumer version of BBM from BlackBerry in 2016. BBM was originally introduced in 2005 on the BlackBerry smartphone platform.

The BBM app, which is available on Android, iOS, and Windows platforms, has over 100 million downloads according to Emtek.

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