Video Chat in BB10 Makes BBM an Even More Appealing Prize

So BBM is going to get video chat in BB10. And some other super-integrated features, probably! RIM Cheerleading Coach/CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed it today at the annual RIM shareholder's conference:

With upgrading it into a new experience, think about adding features on BB10 such as video chat, for example, within BBM. There's many other features to come with BB10 that will really level this BBM experience, which is good today, right? It's still the major used social network in Asia Pac, which will upgrade that experience to a whole new social networking experience based on BBM. That's why we want to build on that strength, and that's why we don't want to share that strength. We believe this is something that is very unique to us, that is very strong in our portfolio, and we want to use this to build a BlackBerry-driven social networking platform.

BBM is one of the few good things RIM still has going for it, along with its BES enterprise service. Improving it is good for the immediate future, and anyone BlackBerry diehards who end up using a BB10 phone or PlayBook sometime next year. And long term, BBM still one of the few diamond broaches pinned to the ICU patient that is the rest of RIM. And it should shine up real nice once someone else finally takes it off their hands. [The Verge]