BBM was the best way to connect and share instant messages, pictures and more for free, in real time. BlackBerry offers a family of products that brings together the core strengths of BBM with features and capabilities aimed at enterprises. The new eBBM Suite works with BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry enterprise solution.

2014. BBM gets web-conferencing feature

BlackBerry is rolling out a new enterprise-focused feature for its mobile messaging solution: BBM Meetings. It's a voice and video teleconferencing solution that will be available on Android, BB10, Windows PC and Mac (iOS support is coming soon) that lets you start or schedule a virtual meeting on the fly from BBM chats. Invitees can be attended via BBM or email, and the meetings are synced up to your device’s calendar automatically. You can also present from either your mobile device or desktop, sharing your entire screen, a presentation, or a specific document. The BBM Meetings can support up to 25 participants at a time, with HD video. BBM Meetings will cost you $12.50 per host per month (attendees can participate for free).

2014. BlackBerry adds self-destructing messages to BBM

There are several new features in the latest BBM update, but two that deal with disappearing messages: Message Retraction and Timed Messages. Message Retraction is essentially an “unsend” feature, which allows you to take back a BBM message, most likely because it was sent erroneously or that it’s no longer accurate. Since BBM features read receipts, you can be sure that your recipient didn’t see your message before you rescinded it. The other new feature, Message Retraction, works a lot like Snapchat. The timer allows the sender to set a time limit for the recipient to view the message, which will usually contain a photo. So the recipient can look at your, say, vacation photo, for up to 15 seconds but no longer. You can’t set a time limit for the message’s availability yet, but you can decide to retract it manually.

2014. BlackBerry launching an encrypted version of BBM

BlackBerry is launching its instant messenger for enterprise users called BBM Protected, that enables FIPS 140-2 cryptographic messaging between users within the same enterprise, or between organizations who also use BBM Protected, for secure and confidential communications. External communications between organizations using different messaging servers could be a key feature for landing government and corporate contacts. For instance, defense agencies could communicate securely with their contractors, or big companies could encrypt their communications with their law firms.

2003. Business IM added to BlackBerry mix

 BlackBerry is slotting instant messaging for businesses into its BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, using IBM's Lotus Sametime. The instant messaging software promises to allow businesspeople to exchange real-time text messages with recipients using desktops or handheld devices. It includes firewall security, single sign-in and message logging. For Lotus, the deal is another front in its push to sell instant messaging products to businesses. Sametime instant messaging software touts to enterprise customers looking for messaging services with security and customization features. The impetus to sell instant messaging products to businesses comes from the software's popularity among general Internet users. Services offered by AOL, Microsoft's MSN and Yahoo that allow people to exchange messages, files and video in real time have amassed millions of users. However, some companies have decided to block use of consumer instant messaging services like these, for fear of security breaches and for the lack of archiving capabilities for accountability purposes.