BlackBerry has announced its Enterprise Bridge product, which is a result of a partnership with Microsoft which will offer secure access to Microsoft Office apps on both Apple and Android mobile devices.
According to the company’s press release, the BlackBerry Enterprise will allow share customers like governments organizations, healthcare providers, banks, law companies and others, to use Microsoft mobile apps within the BlackBerry Dynamics container software.
“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. “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.”
“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. “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.”
This comes as a big surprise considering that these two companies were rivals before focusing their businesses on other markets but ended up in raising Blackberry’s share by up to 4 percent after the announcement.
Blackberry also noted that its BlackBerry Secure platform, aimed at connecting people, devices, processes and systems, and which includes BlackBerry UEM Cloud, BlackBerry Workspaces, BlackBerry Dynamics, and BlackBerry AtHoc, is now integrated with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.