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Microsoft and BlackBerry partner to further integrate offerings

By Ben Moore
Tue 20 Mar 2018
FYI, this story is more than a year old

BlackBerry and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership to offer enterprises a solution that integrates BlackBerry’s expertise in mobility and security with Microsoft’s unmatched cloud and productivity products.

Through this partnership, the companies have also collaborated on a solution they have named BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE.

This technology provides a highly-secure way for their joint customers to use native Microsoft mobile apps from within BlackBerry Dynamics.

Enterprise users will now have a consistent experience when opening, editing, and saving a Microsoft Office 365 file such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word on any iOS or Android device.

At the same time, corporate IT departments benefit from a greater return on their existing investments and added assurance that their company’s data and privacy is secured to the highest standards and in compliance with corporate and regulatory policies.

“BlackBerry has always led the market with new and innovative ways to protect corporate data on mobile devices,” says BlackBerry president of global sales Carl Wiese.

“We saw a need for a hyper-secure way for our joint customers to use native Office 365 mobile apps. BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE addresses this need and is a great example of how BlackBerry and Microsoft continue to securely enable workforces to be highly productive in today’s connected world.”

The BlackBerry Secure platform has been integrated with Microsoft Azure, meaning that BlackBerry UEM Cloud, BlackBerry Workspaces, BlackBerry Dynamics, and BlackBerry AtHoc are all now available on Azure.

“In an era when digital technology is driving rapid transformation, customers are looking for a trusted partner,” adds Microsoft executive vice president of worldwide commercial business Judson Althoff.

“Our customers choose Microsoft 365 for productivity and collaboration tools that deliver continuous innovation and do so securely. Together with BlackBerry, we will take this to the next level and provide enterprises with a new standard for secure productivity.”

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