Microsoft partners with Good Technology for encrypted mobile email

Microsoft partners with Good Technology for encrypted mobile email

Summary: Microsoft has forged a new partnership with Good Technology to bring encrypted email support to Windows Phone.

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While Microsoft officials seem intent on playing up all consumer focused news all the time with Windows Phone, business users aren't completely outside the Redmondians' radar. The proof? Microsoft has cemented a deal with Good Technology to bring encrypted email to Windows Phones.

Microsoft and Good announced on February 27 a "strategic application partnership to enable the use of the Good for Enterprise solution on Windows Phone devices," according to a Microsoft press release. Good's technology will provide FIPS-certified 192-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) level encryption for Windows Phones.

The Good for Enterprise offering will be commercially available for Windows Phones starting early in the second quarter of 2012 and will be available as an app downloadable from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Good Technology already offers similar solutions for iPads, iPhones and Android phones. Good claims that half the Fortune 100 companies are among its enterprise customers.

Windows Phones running Mango, the current operating system release, already do include support for a number of features of potential interest to business users, such as information-rights management support for documents and email and Office 365 synchronization. But to date, Microsoft officials have opted to focus public attention almost entirely on consumer features and functionality -- the opposite tack that Microsoft pursued with Windows Phone's predecessor, a k a Windows Mobile.

I've heard Microsoft is working on a plan to seed Windows Phones among CXOs, providing select employees at 50 or so companies with loaner phones and "white glove" service in an attempt to win them over to Windows Phone. I'd think it's high time for Microsoft to work on recapturing the corporate Windows Mobile users it has lost -- plus other brand-new business users-- if it hopes to grow its Windows Phone base in a substantial way....

Topics: Operating Systems, Collaboration, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Telcos, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Good plan but they should wait for the Nokia 900s

    And preload them with skype and lync
    Johnny Vegas
  • What's this do to RIM?

    Scratch Microsoft off the potential acquirer's of RIM email technology.
    anerpvar
  • Smart

    The ability to influence key influencers in the corporate world should be a major initiative for Microsoft. There are plenty of organisations that make blanket decisions about what phones staff are provided and getting more to mandate Windows Phone will only help. Additionally, it *might* make a few people choose not to take out a personal contract with a competing device.
    spc1972