Microsoft and BlackBerry may have been bitter enemies before their smartphone dreams came tumbling down, but they are now becoming close allies now that they are focused on services. The two have revealed a partnership that helps users to seamlessly use Microsoft Office’s 365-capable mobile apps from inside the more secure, contained Dynamics space of BlackBerry. Ideally, the said feature gives the users the best of both worlds: the user can work on that Excel file across devices without making their IT manager break into a cold sweat.
The said team-up extends to the Azure cloud platform of Microsoft. BlackBerry Dynamics and a handful of some other services are currently available via Azure for those outfits that mostly live in the world of Microsoft.
The two are expecting that the said partnership will be particularly helpful for governments, banks, health care providers and other organisations that usually count Microsoft and BlackBerry as customers. Of course, it is also a hedge against Google — both of them see G Suite and some of the other services of Google as a threat to their bottom line, and teaming up could give them an edge where they might grapple on their own.