Microsoft and BlackBerry today announced a strategic partnership with an aim to offer enterprises a solution that will make it easy to integrate BlackBerry’s expertise in mobility and security with Microsoft’s cloud and productivity products.
Both the companies have teamed up to bring a new BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE solution which will provide a highly-secure way for their joint customers who includes world’s largest banks, healthcare providers, law firms, and central governments to use native Microsoft mobile apps from within BlackBerry Dynamics seamlessly.
This solution ensures that 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. It also lets users work anytime, anyplace, with rich file fidelity. On the other hand, corporate IT departments benefit with the added assurance that their company’s data and privacy is secured to the highest standards.
The companies also said that BlackBerry Secure platform for connecting people, devices, processes and systems is integrated with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. BlackBerry UEM Cloud, BlackBerry Workspaces, BlackBerry Dynamics, and BlackBerry AtHoc are now available on Azure.
Commenting on the partnership, Carl Wiese, president of Global Sales at BlackBerry said:
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.
Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft said:
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.