BlackBerry demos BBM Windows desktop concept

BlackBerry is currently in the middle of a transition that will eventually turn it back into a private company, if all goes according to plan. However, the development team at the smartphone company is still working on some concepts for the future, and several of them were shown this week at the BlackBerry Jam Asia event.

One of those concepts is something that might please BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners who also have a Windows notebook or desktop. As shown in a video posted on YouTube, the BlackBerry team have created a way to project the user interface of a BlackBerry Z10 onto a Windows 7 desktop. This will allow people to catch messages sent on the BBM network on a Windows PC, and then reply by using the desktop app.

The Windows app can even send photo attachments taken from the PC's hard drive onto the BBM app to be sent on the network. The presentation hinted that this will be made to work on Mac computers as well. Unfortunately, this still  just a software concept project and no release date was mentioned.

BlackBerry was supposed to expand its BBM service to iOS and Android platforms last weekend, but an early release of the Android app caused problems and BlackBerry made the decision to postpone the full launch.

Source: BlackBerry on YouTube

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At 3:00 he says "its not BBM running on the desktop but a projection of the phone using Link". Which, as Blom says, still requires you to own a BB phone. Bad idea. At the rate peple are getting rid of BB phones for iOS/Android, creating an application / interface where is use is dependent on the phone simply doesn't make sense. I mean like...seriously? People certainly won't go out and get a BlackBerry so they can project BBM onto a desktop screen.

However, on the flip side, if they made it a true Application, which you can connect your Blackberry World account to have it available on the desktop as well as the phone, which will allow you to cary on a conversation on your desktop app and continue on the phone when you leave the desktop, this may prove much more handy. That, coupled with the excellent message handling, video chat (even between desktop and phone), security, and all the other BBM goodies, then you may have something that people will actually use and not just the few remaining BB Phone users.

I love my BlackBerry Z10 and I'd love to see BBM getting a bigger user base, but this is not the solution. Why? The desktop "application" requires you to connect a phone to the computer using BlackBerry Bridge, or it will not work. Just like BBM on the BlackBerry PlayBook. You can't use BBM on it without hooking up a BlackBerry phone to it. This has failure written all over it.

Running BBM for Android in Windows is a better solution.

instant messaging on the desktop. wow. such innovation. no wonder they are crapping all the way to the buy-off negotiation table.

I don't know if it's just me, but after seeing the video I get the feeling that they're trying too hard to be cool. I get the feeling like when somebody tells you "good" points about something he/she wants to sell you but you clearly see it's more marketing or PR stuff than the capabilities of what you're being sold.

Not to undervalue or despise what their engineers have done but... it doesn't seem so "WOW!ing" to me, it's just a notification (ok, plus answering); nothing major or ground breaking.

I'd like to see them bring something new to the game.

i would love a unified messaging environment that works on handheld, tablets and desktops (win/mac) ive tried skype but it just doesn't see to be able to keep up. It's a shame apple never opened iMessage up as i like the sevrice on my iphone/ipad/mac a windows client would be the icing on the cake

Release the BBM for Android/Iphone first then try on PC/MAC see if you can handle the load on mobile first!

boy, if just 2% of win 8 users are making me $4k a month from the windows store, imagine what would happen if this number increased dramatically.

vcfan said,
boy, if just 2% of win 8 users are making me $4k a month from the windows store, imagine what would happen if this number increased dramatically.

what are you?

Let me know when that BBM for Android and iOS drops. Pretty sure that's where your priorities should lie right now seeing as that launch was a complete disaster. Oh yeah, also because it's still not resolved!

Thank the community who released a pre-release app because they couldn't wait for 2 days. And now everyone goes to blame BlackBerry for the flaws in the GOD DAMN PRE-RELEASE app. It's like saying a Beta program that I cracked has bugs.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Thank the community who released a pre-release app because they couldn't wait for 2 days. And now everyone goes to blame BlackBerry for the flaws in the GOD DAMN PRE-RELEASE app. It's like saying a Beta program that I cracked has bugs.

Not exactly sure what that has to do with releasing the completed version if that was the case. There's no reason they couldn't have killed that version and said "Hey, stop using that! Here's the real deal!". This leads people to believe the "pre-release" wasn't so pre-release. Regardless, it was all handled rather poorly and had they been ON TIME with their release, people wouldn't have been looking for a leak. In fact, let's go down the list of events for the alleged day of release...

1.) Time of alleged release comes and goes. Nothing. No information provided.
2.) Google Play Store is saturated with fake apps. Nothing is said or resolved, still not release.
3.) People start to get anxious, hunt for leak.
4.) Hours pass, still no information released. Still several fake apps on Google Play.
5.) People find a leak that works and start registering/using leaked app.
6.) Blackberry finally releases something along the lines of "We've got some issues we're working on it!"
7.) Several more hours pass. Fakes still up, still no release.
8.) More people look for said working leak, more people go live with leak.
9.) Blackberry ignores all of this and goes the rest of the "release day" without a word.
10.) Blackberry waits several more hours, then finally announces that BBM will not drop today, tomorrow or even all week. Blames "leaked pre-release" for issues.
11.) Days later, announces desktop version....

That my friend, is a disaster and no one to blame but Blackberry.

nekkidtruth said,
Really? How about we start with the fact that it STILL hasn't been released? Lol Did you seriously just ask that?

You're a swell fellow. I'm glad you post here.

This is what I like to see Blackberry doing. This is their focus on doing communication well which is where they started (well and securely I should add). I don't think anyone else has this today, and this is where BB rises to the top. Shame they spent so much time competing on hardware, should have stuck with the software and utilized other companies out there to run their software. As much as I'd like to see them finally die off (let's be honest it's painful to read the news on them every quarter) I'm anticipating a strong return in terms of software.

If only they tried this hard about 6 years ago. I could see the market share looking similar to this order:

1. Android
2. Blackberry/Apple
3. Blackberry/Apple
4. Windows

-adrian- said,
Your head must think really simple with not many variables
Screw variables, its all about functions. f(x)=Blackberry>or< Apple+Windows ; Android=1

-adrian- said,
Your head must think really simple with not many variables

True, had they obtained QNX way back in iPhone 1.0 days then Blackberry might have come out differently but I could see them surviving but it'll require a lot of hard work.

Nearly everyone I know only use a Blackberry because of BBM, Blackberry would benefit on just focusing on stuff that makes people want to use their product rather than trying to compete with Microsoft, Android and Apple in the OS phone market.

How is it any different from Lync, Skype, Facebook messaging or any of the dozen other similar services like Whatsapp and kik?

Tony. said,
Nearly everyone I know only use a Blackberry because of BBM, Blackberry would benefit on just focusing on stuff that makes people want to use their product rather than trying to compete with Microsoft, Android and Apple in the OS phone market.

I think that is the one of the benefits of going private, they can focus on long term products and not have to deal with the day to day speculation from so-called analysts. They made their first good move by getting out of the consumer market and hopefully that'll be followed up with some sort of monetisation of BBM as well given that they're going to be making it a cross platform messaging option. Maybe buy out WhatsApp messenger for the customer base as well? it'll be interesting how 99cents per year translates into a profit when over a large number of users.