BBM Meetings set for release later this year

BBM Meetings set for release later this year

BBM has already managed to pack a number of features into its app over the course of the last 12 months, with BBM Money and the enterprise-focused BBM Protected already being rolled out to BlackBerry's users.

The implementation of new features into BBM is hardly surprising, especially given the fact that the service has over 91 million active users.

BBM Meetings was set to be released in September but for one reason or another was never rolled out.

According to a conference given by the company's management last June, BBM Meetings would help to give employees the ability to be more collaborative and productive at any given time by way of a voice and video platform.

In a recent interview with the Jakarta Post, John Sims, BlackBerry president for global enterprise solutions, said it would be used by enterprise customers for conducting voice and video conferences for groups of up to 25 people.

He added that enterprise customers would be first in the queue for the new app, giving more credence to the idea that the Canadian firm is turning its focus back to its roots of appealing to business users.

Although it would be made available on BlackBerry, the app would also be available on iOS and Android, while there would also be versions for tablets and desktops.  

Mr Sims added that the app would be ideal for both corporate work or personal use, making it a great addition for anyone looking to use a personal device within the workplace as part of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy.

It is expected that the new development will help the company challenge some of the bigger, more established names in the industry, including Skype, GoToMeeting and WebEx.

News of the new app comes on the back of a leak outlining the release of the new BlackBerry Classic, which is set to hit shelves in stores across the UK later this year.