Microsoft teams up with BlackBerry to empower the mobile workforce

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft India

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new strategic partnership with Blackberry which is aiming to help empower the mobile workforce. Under the partnership, the two companies collaborated on a first of a kind BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE solution to allow BlackBerry and Microsoft customers to use Microsoft’s mobile apps within BlackBerry Dynamics.

Thanks to the BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE solution, hospitals, healthcare providers, law firms, and governments can now have a consistent experience when opening, editing, and saving Microsoft Office 365 files across various devices. Microsoft also says corporate IT departments will benefit from the partnership, see a greater return on their existing investments, and added assurance that their company’s data and privacy is secured and in compliance with corporate policies.

In the words of Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft.

“In an era when digital technology is driving rapid transformation, customers are looking for a trusted partner… 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.”

Carl Wiese, president of Global Sales at BlackBerry, also spoke of the announcement.

“BlackBerry has always led the market with new and innovative ways to protect corporate data on mobile devices… 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.”

Also announced was BlackBerry integrating their BlackBerry Secure platform with Microsoft Azure. Microsoft says BlackBerry UEM Cloud, BlackBerry Workspaces, BlackBerry Dynamics, and BlackBerry AtHoc are now available on Azure.