Microsoft, BlackBerry team up to make mobile phones more secure

James Marshall
March 21, 2018

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.

The new service allows customers to access Microsoft mobile apps, including Office 365 favourites such Excel, PowerPoint and Word, from within the BlackBerry Dynamics service - available on any iOS or Android device.

"In an era when digital technology is driving rapid transformation, customers are looking for a trusted partner", said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft.

"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.

Blackberry's tech was recently used by a company, Phantom Secure, accused of selling secure devices specifically aimed at protecting drug cartels and other criminal gangs.

"BlackBerry's software enables workflows to improve using connected things, workplaces to blend across physical and virtual locations so employees can collaborate anywhere and anytime, and workforces to seamlessly extend across employees, contractors and partners".

BlackBerry and Microsoft entered into a strategic partnership to offer enterprises a platform that integrates BlackBerry's expertise in mobility and security with Microsoft's cloud and productivity products.

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

According to BlackBerry, some of the world's largest governments, financial institutions and health care firms use the technology to enable secure mobile productivity and collaboration.

Further, the Blackberry Secure platform has been integrated with Microsoft's own Azure cloud platform, with applications such as Blackberry UEM Cloud, Blackberry Workspaces and Blackberry Dynamics all now being available on Azure. The company failed to make the transition and saw its market share collapse, but has since reinvented itself as a provider of enterprise-grade security software.

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