BBM Conferences Turns The Messenger Into A Cross-Platform Digital Convention Service
BlackBerry is rolling out quite a lot of new enterprise-targeted options and partnerships as we speak, which is an indication that CEO John Chen is heading in the right direction in relation to effecting a workable turnaround for the beleaguered Canadian tech agency. A part of that may be a new function for BBM which ought to show well-liked with enterprise customers of the cellular messaging answer: BBM Conferences.
The Conferences function in BBM is a voice and video teleconferencing answer that shall be out there on Android, BB10, Home windows PC and Mac (and never on iOS, although BlackBerry says that’s “coming quickly”) that allows you to begin or schedule a digital assembly on the fly from BBM chats. Invitees may be attend by way of BBM or e-mail, and the conferences are synced as much as your system’s calendar mechanically.
Attendees will obtain an inbound name when the assembly is getting underway, they usually reply after which they’re already within the assembly, bypassing the standard dialing, convention code and pin entry that usually accommodates digital conferences. It’s also possible to current from both your cellular system or desktop, sharing your complete display, a presentation, or a selected doc. The BBM Conferences can help as much as 25 precipitants at a time, with HD video. Display sharing options may partly clarify why iOS can’t partake – Apple doesn’t permit third-get together apps to share their system display with others.
BBM Conferences can be obtainable as a part of a brand new Enterprise Communicator providers bundle in December that gives it, BBM Protected and superior technical help for $12 per thirty days per consumer, however by itself it’ll value you $12.50 per host per 30 days for now (attendees can take part totally free), with a 30-day preliminary free trial obtainable.
Conferences is one other signal that Chen’s priorities are in the correct place – BlackBerry must give attention to providing this type of enterprise service, at a price benefit in comparison with different suppliers, and utilizing its strengths (BBM) whereas acknowledging the modified market (cross-platform) to succeed.