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blackberry_messenger_mast1Messaging service BBM is going to be available to Microsoft’s Windows Phone and the upcoming Nokia X platforms in the coming months, Blackberry Ltd has said.

The messaging platform that offers collaboration tools such as BBM Groups, BBM Voice and BBM Channels and competes with services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram.

It will be available as a free download from the Windows Phone Store this summer, while BBM for Nokia X will be available from the Nokia Store when the Nokia X platform launches, BlackBerry said in a statement on Monday.

BBM was a pioneering mobile-messaging service, but its user base has failed to keep pace with that of WhatsApp and other upstarts, in part because BlackBerry had long refused to open the service to users on other platforms.

Even though BlackBerry devices have waned in popularity, BBM remains popular. Late last year, theWaterloo, Ontario-based company finally opened the messaging platform to users of iPhones and Android devices, and the number of the service’s active users has grown to more than 80 million.

Source: NDTv