Kik Messenger coming to WP7 this month

We previously covered reports of Kik coming to the Windows Phone platform by the end of June. We can now confirm this with Twitter user @AmTheGuy queryring the Kik team for any updates on the development status and an ETA of arrival to the Marketplace. The response received was fairly positive (as shown above).

Kik - of course - has IM+ to indirectly contend with, but with the somewhat negative reception that IM+ has received (price upsetting some of our readers) Kik should be welcomed with open arms should the price tag be reasonable. After the break, check out the video play through of Kik below to refresh your memory of the demo at MIX '11.

Source: @AmTheGuy (opens in new tab)

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Someone should create ONE messenger client to rule them all. **looking at RIM with BBM** Release the craken already RIM!
  • Beejive is what you want. It's a multi-client app with a beautiful UI. I knew IM+ would suck because they've never put emphasis on the UX and always overcharged. Look at the iOS app, the webOS app, android and now this.
  • Oh you mean like Live Profile, which they haven't got to us WP7 users yet.
  • I wish Live Profile would come to wp7
  • But Kik is faster n much better than LiveProfile(atleast in iOS not sure abt Android)
  • Never heard of it. Why would you choose this of Kik? BBM for all would be the best option.
  • Kik is created by an ex-employee from RIM ;-) It does all the same things as BBM, but is on Android and iPhone. It *was* on BlackBerry too until RIM crapped their pants, pulled it from the marketplace and are now suing Kik.Knowledge is power ;-)
  • What? This isn't a replacement for IM+! You can't connect to any of the major IM services using this (GTalk, Yahoo Chat, FB Chat etc.) It creates it's own network. There are already a few of these on WP7. What we really need are some of the major players that support all smartphone platforms like Whatsapp!
  • Not really a replacement, but many users prefer the likes of Kik over conventional messaging. Even with Kik and IM+ on the table, I'm still awaiting Mango for built in Live messenger support, that's all I need.
  • Like apps in Bing (Mango), MS should allow users to pick which IMs they wish to configure into the native Messenger.Anyways hoping 'What's App' comes on board as well
  • I've long been considering an SMS alternative. The most popular option on WP7, TextMe, is not available to my Android-using friends. IM+ is on practically every platform, but due to it's price and battery-thirsty nature, it is will not be an easy switch. My hope is that Kik will be the perfect choice.
  • You'll be perfect for Kik and vice versa.
  • That's why I've been bugging @Kik for months on a release date. All I ever got was 'soon'
  • Ummm, I know what Kik is, I was speaking of Live Profile. And why would it be better than Kick, or even a IM chat client. Seems like people are dropping more names in a full cap, without actually improving thing. Sorta like the app store.