Today, BlackBerry Messenger ceases to exist

Today, May 31st, is the last day of service for BlackBerry Messenger.

What it is

BlackBerry Messenger is one

from the oldest messengers. It was released in 2005, and in 2016 the rights to it were acquired by the Emtek Group holding.

Over these few years the company has triedrevive BBM by separating the corporate version into a separate structure and developing the “mass” version separately. But all attempts were unsuccessful, and in the end Emtek Group had to admit that BlackBerry Messenger would not be able to compete with competitors like WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

“The technology industry is very fluid, so...Despite our significant efforts, old users moved to other platforms, and new users proved difficult to attract,” BlackBerry concluded.

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What now

Starting tomorrow the service will ceaseexistence: users will not be able to open the application, view their photos, correspondence and files. But instead, the corporate messenger with built-in encryption, BBM Enterprise (BBMe), was opened for personal use.