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Microsoft and BlackBerry announce partnership to make work phones more secure

Microsoft and BlackBerry announce partnership to make work phones more secure BlackBerry +5% on enterprise partnership with Microsoft
Cecil Davis | 23 March, 2018, 14:31

The solution aims to provide a secure way of the companies' joint customers that include some of the world's largest influencers within the financial, healthcare, law and government spheres to use Microsoft mobile apps within Blackberry Dynamics, effectively bridging the two platforms. This partnership also extends to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform as well.

Leveraging each other's strengths to reach new user bases, Microsoft and BlackBerry announced a collaboration that would enable more widespread use of Office 365 in enterprise mobility in a secure fashion.

The Bridge solution lives up to its name - it sits in the middle and bridges the gap between Microsoft's apps and BlackBerry Dynamics so that they work together while still maintaining their separate identities.

"BlackBerry has always led the market with new and innovative ways to protect corporate data on mobile devices", said Carl Wiese, president of Global Sales at BlackBerry. Specifically, BlackBerry UEM Cloud, BlackBerry Workspaces, BlackBerry Dynamics, and BlackBerry AtHoc are now available on Azure. In August of 2017, the company announced integration with AppDome, which enabled codeless integration of secure voice, video and messaging capabilities with BlackBerry's BBM Enterprise SDK.

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.

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The partnership is clearly aimed at enterprise customers whose workers require a very high level of cybersecurity when it comes to their work.

"Initial reactions are great because it's really an opportunity for more service dollars".

At the CES 2018 BlackBerry booth, BlackBerry Chieff Security Officer Alex Manea shared some attack methods he's seen that might be keeping auto executives gripping their wheels pretty tightly.

Microsoft was equally upbeat on the partnership.

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. "As a whole, the new Bridge product will help partners move up the curve or foodchain, if you will, and accelerate their business", he concludes.