Microsoft and Blackberry have announced a strategic partnership that will bring native Office 365 mobile apps to BlackBerry Dynamics. The deal is part of a larger solution called Enterprise BRIDGE, which promises organizations a highly secure way for customers to use the productivity suite.

“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 in a press release. “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 Enterprise BRIDGE gives users a consistent experience when opening, editing and saving an Office file on iOS or Android. Companies benefit from increased privacy standards and compliance with corporate policies.

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The Banking Industry

The pair is aiming the offering primarily at finance and banking, where security is of critical importance. One such adopter is JPMorgan Chase.

“Along with a number of our peers in the Financial Services industry, we see strategic partnerships like this one as key to enhancing and bringing new products to market,” adds George Sherman, managing director of CIO Global Technology Infrastructure. “This partnership will help create a more seamless mobile experience for end-users, which is a top priority for us at JPMorgan Chase.”

As part of this arrangement, the BlackBerry Secure platform has been integrated with Microsoft Azure. This means BlackBerry UEM Cloud, Dynamics, AtHoc, and Workspaces are available on Azure.

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