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BlackBerry considering bringing BBM to desktops

BlackBerry is seriously considering bringing its BBM multi-platform messaging service to your desktop.

BBM was introduced to Android and iOS devices at the tail end of 2013, expanding the availability of its previously BlackBerry exclusive messaging service.

Rumours have suggested it will come to Windows Phone devices in the coming months, but now it seems that BlackBerry could bring it to desktop platforms too.

In an interview with Reuters, BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said such a move could allow employees of large companies or government agencies to start group chats on a PC then move to mobile when leaving the office without noticing the difference.

“We are certainly going to take a very serious look at putting BBM on the desktop”, said Chen.

Such a move would be a logical one for BlackBerry, which saw a huge surge of 20 million new users for BBM when it became available on BBM.

However, in the past month the service has remained stagnant at 85 million monthly active users.

A desktop launch may well provide another user spike, but there’s no guarantee it would be enough to support the failing company.

The news comes in the wake of the Canadian company’s quarterly financial results, which showed a loss smaller than originally anticipated. The results sent share prices up nearly 7 per cent, thanks to a smaller than expected net loss of $423 million (£254 million).

Revenue fell to $976 million (£587m) from $2.68 billion (£1.6b), but analysts were expecting $1.1 billion (£661m).

BlackBerry also plans to introduce high-end smartphones with full QWERTY keyboards, in an attempt to win back its core user base.

Chen explained that the company is designing three new keyboard-centric devices that will be launched within the next 18 months.

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Via: Engadget

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