BlackBerry Messenger shutting down end of May

They end by stating that they are grateful for the support and hope that its users will cherish the many fond memories of BBM consumer service that helped in shaping messenger platforms become what they are today.

Once you're all set up, you'll get a new PIN and have to re-invite any contacts you wish to add and while you'll no longer have access to BBM Channels, Stickers, and the Discover Tab, you'll still have access to group chats, voice calls, video calls, as well as the edit, retract and expiring message options.

"We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date", it continued.

"The technology industry... is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved hard to sign on", explains current developer Emtek in a blog post.

After the blackberry messaging service shuts down, users will not be able to view old messages, photos, and other files. In order to have it active on more than one device at any given time, however, you have to authorize each device.

To court users on other devices, BlackBerry later opened up BBM to owners of iPhones and Android phones.

"While we respect Emtek's decision, we're disappointed the platform did not thrive and grow as expected", Mark Wilson, BlackBerry's chief marketing officer, said in a statement. Almost every social media app, from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Telegram supported IM features.

Even as the consumer version of the application is shutting down, BlackBerry has made an enterprise version of BlackBerry Messenger available to general users through Google and Apple app stores. Dubbed BBMe, users will pay $2.50 every six months. There is, however, an alternate way to stay connected on BBM which is through an app called BBMe, the e standing for enterprise.



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