Microsoft China New Mandate to Allow Only iPhones for Workers

Microsoft China New Mandate to Allow Only iPhones for Workers

Microsoft China is banning their workers from using Android due to the company’s cybersecurity rules. Employees will now be ordered to use iPhones instead of Android devices. 

This new mandate is part of Microsoft’s Secure Future Initiative and will be put into action starting in September. This move by the tech giant restricts its employees from using Android devices to follow cybersecurity measures. Employees must now use Apple devices to verify employees’ identities on their work devices. 

Microsoft aims to make sure that employees make use of the Microsoft Authenticator password manager as well as the Identity Pass app. Thus, employees will be able to access their work devices after undergoing Microsoft’s identity authentication checks. Microsoft workers with an Android phone will be given an iPhone 15.

Microsoft China and Reason for Its Mandate

This move by the tech giant may be due to Google Play’s unavailability in China. However, Apple’s App Store remains available so this might be a contributing factor behind the ban. Furthermore, Chinese mobile brands such as Xiaomi and Huawei already have their own separate and independent platforms. 

Previously, state government agencies and companies in China banned iPhones in the workplace due to cybersecurity measures. iPhones were already facing a decrease in popularity in China so the Microsft mandate may relieve some of the negative attention Apple had received earlier. 

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Yibeni Tungoe
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Yibeni Tungoe

Journalism & Mass Communication student at North Eastern Hill University.

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