Microsoft mandatory iPhone for Employees at work China Can Not Use Android in Office

Microsoft has made an important change for its employees in China. The change in policy will make iPhone the primary device for office work from this September, due to which Android smartphones will not be used for company work. In an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg News, the main reason for this change is said to be security related.

The main reason for Microsoft’s policy change is the non-availability of Google Mobile Services (GMS) in China. These services are crucial for Microsoft’s security applications such as Microsoft Authenticator and Identity Pass, which are now mandatory for all employees. The official app stores for Android along with Google Play are not available in China, making Apple’s App Store the only platform where these apps can be downloaded.

Moving forward on the same lines, Microsoft will provide a new iPhone 15 to every employee who currently uses an Android smartphone. These devices will be available for pick-up across China. It is worth noting that this policy applies only to office task smartphones, employees can still use their personal Android devices.

The move comes amid heightened cybersecurity concerns following a major cyberattack linked to Russia that affected multiple US government agencies earlier this year. In response, Microsoft launched the Secure Future Initiative, a major program aimed at strengthening its security protocols.

The policy change is likely to raise questions given the ongoing geopolitical tensions between the US and China. Recently, Chinese government bodies urged employees to avoid using foreign devices at work due to similar security concerns. In addition, the US has also imposed several strict restrictions on Chinese companies operating within its borders.

Microsoft’s decision to make iPhones mandatory for its employees in China highlights the difficulties of operating in a market with limited access to certain software and services. The company is prioritizing security, but the move also inadvertently fuels the ongoing tech rivalry between the US and China.

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