I had to read that twice myself. RIM has historically only provided significant updates to BlackBerry Messenger ever year or two. They have released small incremental bug fixes but there was a huge gap leading up to the current release.
RIM just posted on their Facebook page that “There are some exciting things coming for BlackBerry Messenger in the days (and weeks!) ahead.” That sounds promising! They claim you need to have the latest BlackBerry Messenger 18.104.22.168 to be part of the new developments but you can easily pick that up at:
Anybody want to hazard a guess as to what RIM has in plan for BlackBerry Messenger? My guess is that they will be letting you backup your contacts, calendar, and other info to their servers so you do not lose it on a device upgrade or other situations.