Microsoft has banned Android phones from its offices in China

In the absence of using its security services with guarantees, Microsoft will make it mandatory for its employees to have an iPhone as a work phone and the company itself will provide them

Microsoft has banned Android phones from its offices in China
Microsoft makes it mandatory to use an iPhone as a work mobile phone for its employees.

About a year ago, Russia banned its officials from using the iPhone because it considered it unsafe and for fear of possible interference by the US in its government’s affairs. Well, today we have learned thanks to Gizmochina that Microsoft will prohibit its employees in China from using Android mobiles.

It is an unprecedented measure so far, which apparently would have to do with critical Google services that are not available in China. Without these critical services, some applications geared towards Redmond security such as Microsoft Authenticator (and which are mandatory for their employees) cannot be used with guarantees.

And the solution is… Apple

While Microsoft employees will still be able to use their Android phones as their personal handsets, the lack of Google Mobile Services and the fact that Google Play doesn’t exist in China has forced the company to offer Apple phones to its employees for work purposes.

Specifically, models of the iPhone 15 that can be picked up at designated points throughout the Asian country. The App Store is available in the territory, so Microsoft’s security apps can work in a much safer way.

All this is apparently caused by a large-scale cyberattack that occurred in Microsoft’s own source code repositories, and which the company says it has confirmed to come from Russia. In response, they launched an initiative aimed at strengthening their protocols.

The switch from Android to Apple is likely not to sit well within China’s borders, all due to political tensions between China and the U.S. (and, according to the outlet, Chinese officials should avoid using phones that don’t come from their country on a mandatory basis).

Operating in a market that has a wide number of restrictions on the software that can be used in it is highly complex. Much of the blame for this situation lies with the US, but for now it does not seem that it will be resolved anytime soon.



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