RIM has launched a public beta for a new version of  BlackBerry Messenger version 6.0.0.73 in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Changes in this beta version of BBM include:

  • Updated BBM branding
  • More “snappy” and responsive feel
  • Any alerts set for SMS contacts are now preserved in BBM once SMS contact is integrated with BBM
  • Visual distinction of message drafts vs. sent messages
  • “Invite a Text Messaging Contact” — easier to search contacts
  • Location Search — you can now search for a location before sending, similar to the Location Search experience via SMS
  • Location Sending — you can now detect location with cell tower triangulation or GPS
  • Appointment Sending – sending appointment or calendar events is now a similar experience to that of sending appointment via SMS

For more info go to blackberry.com/beta