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Blackberry, Microsoft partner up to launch Microsoft cloud security solutions

Blackberry, Microsoft partner up to launch Microsoft cloud security solutions

BlackBerry became a renowned brand because of its mobile phones which it used to make at the time of emergence of smartphones. 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.

BlackBerry chief marketing officer Mark Wilson said at a press briefing in Waterloo, Ont., that organizations are increasingly looking for ways to improve cybersecurity for a highly interconnected workforce. Dubbed the BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE, this new service is aimed at companies in sectors like banking, healthcare, law, and governments.

Users will have a more 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 was said.

"Customers have been asking to have Microsoft apps inside BlackBerry's container platform for a long time - in fact, a few global financial organizations wrote a letter to [BlackBerry CEO] John Chen nearly two years ago asking for this integration, so John met up with [Microsoft CEO] Satya Nadella to discuss, and that's how Bridge was created", explains Carl Wiese, president of global sales at BlackBerry.

The software should help ensure Microsoft enterprise customers are able to securely interact with their Microsoft apps in the same way, regardless of which device they use to log onto them.

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"Together with BlackBerry, we will take this to the next level and provide enterprises with a new standard for secure productivity", Althoff added.

The partnership looks to combine cloud and productivity products from Microsoft with BlackBerry's strength in mobility and security.

Additionally, BlackBerry Secure Platform has also been integrated with Microsoft Azure Cloud platform.

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. 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.