BlackBerry’s president for global enterprise solutions, John Sims, confirmed the rumors of BBM Meetings earlier this week.
Further details by John Sims :
“We will [also] soon be launching something called BBM Meetings. It is a service that allows voice and video conferences for groups of about 25 people.
It will initially be launched as an enterprise service this year and we will also expand it to the consumer market sometime next year […] It will have a presence on BlackBerry devices, iOS and Android. It will be on tablets and we will also have a desktop version.”
As some have noticed from the new BBM leak the other day, that BBM Meetings are in the new bar file but are inactive. Clicking on “Start Zoom Meeting”when in a group chat will bring you to a 404 Error page on BlackBerry’s website.
However, a bit of poking around and you can see that everything is set up and ready:
So, who are Zoom? Well, Wikipedia lists them as:
Zoom Video Communications (known simply as “Zoom”) is a U.S.-based company operating from Santa Clara, California that provides cloud-based video communication specializing in markets for professionals, businesses, educational, and healthcare institutions. Offering both cloud meeting and webinar software, Zoom is most known for Zoom Cloud Meetings, also referred to as “Zoom” by users, which combines video conferencing, online meetings, and mobile collaboration into one platform
So, another smart partnership by BlackBerry here in a similar vein to the one they did with Glympse, this time building in video conferencing functionality.
And, with Blend allowing users to utilise desktop or tablet as well as your mobile device, I for one believe that BBM is going to put a hurt on soon-to-be rivals like Skype, Google Hang Outs, GoToMeeting and WebEx.
Seems like Innovation is high on BlackBerry’s list of things to do.
What do you think?