Microsoft, BlackBerry collaborate to secure productivity apps on mobile phones

Microsoft Black Berry collaborate to secure productivity apps on mobile phones

Microsoft Black Berry collaborate to secure productivity apps on mobile phones

"Through this partnership, the companies have collaborated on a first-of-its-kind solution: BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE", said the two firms.

The aim is simple - it allows customers to access Microsoft's chestburster suite (that is to say its Windows apps for Android like Office and - erm - Bing) through Blackberry Dynamics, the security suite it now sells to corporate customers who need an iron-clad walled garden for their corporate devices.

"Our customers choose Microsoft 365 for productivity and collaboration tools that deliver continuous innovation, and do so securely", said Judson Althoff, Microsoft's executive vice president of worldwide commercial business. "BlackBerry Enterprise "BRIDGE" addresses this and is an example of how BlackBerry and Microsoft continue to securely enable workforces to be highly productive in connected world", Carl Wiese, President of Global Sales at BlackBerry, said in a statement late Monday.

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It is clear this new deal is aimed firmly at the enterprise market, and is meant to provide a more seamless mobile experience for end-users.

In addition, BlackBerry Enterprise Bridge supports apps from Microsoft that are protected by Intune, the software giant's own mobile device and app management platform.

Microsoft and BlackBerry also used the occasion to announce that BlackBerry Secure is now available on the Azure cloud-computing platform.

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BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the USA and countries around the world. This is why in the past companies would subscribe for services like BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

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