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Microsoft to Provide Apple Devices to Employees in China, Citing Lack of Android Services

Microsoft to provide Apple devices to employees in China due to lack of Android services. Switch to iOS devices driven by unavailability of Google Play Store in China. Move part of Microsoft's global Secure Future Initiative to enhance security measures.

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The decision stems from the lack of Google's Android services in the country, making it harder for Microsoft staff to utilise authentication apps.


The digital behemoth has come under fire for a succession of security breaches, including a recent incident in which Russian hackers got unauthorised access to the company's employees' and customers' emails. In light of these security issues, Microsoft is taking proactive steps to improve its employees' digital security.


According to Bloomberg News, which acquired an internal memo, Microsoft has told its Chinese employees to switch to Apple devices starting in September. This action is part of Microsoft's global Secure Future Initiative, which aims to strengthen security measures throughout the organisation.


The decision to move to iOS devices was primarily motivated by the absence of the Google Play Store in China. This constraint limits employees' access to critical security programmes like Microsoft Authenticator and Identity Pass. Microsoft's goal in giving Apple devices is to ensure that its employees have access to the essential apps.


A Microsoft spokeswoman detailed the rationale for the decision, adding, "Due to the lack of availability of Google Mobile Services in this region, we look to offer employees a means of accessing these required apps, such as an iOS device,"


Microsoft has a significant presence in China, having entered the market in 1992. The corporation also has a substantial R&D centre in the country. Microsoft demonstrates its dedication to keeping a secure and efficient workplace by distributing iPhone 15 models to employees who now use Android phones.

 
  • Microsoft to provide Apple devices to employees in China due to lack of Android services

  • Switch to iOS devices driven by unavailability of Google Play Store in China

  • Move part of Microsoft's global Secure Future Initiative to enhance security measures


Source: REUTERS

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