Microsoft has told all its employees in China that they will soon only be allowed to use iPhones for work purposes. The ban on Android devices is part of a security-related Microsoft initiative for providing a unified way of managing and verifying employee identities.

The mandate, set to come into effect in September 2024, was announced in an internal memo seen by Bloomberg News. It will require Microsoft’s China-based workers to verify their identities when logging in to work computers or phones. The change is part of Microsoft’s global Secure Future Initiative that is intended, among other things, to ensure that all staff use the Microsoft Authenticator password manager and Identity Pass app.

While Apple’s iOS store is available in China, Google Play isn’t. Local smartphone giants such as Huawei and Xiaomi operate their own platforms in the country, but Microsoft has chosen to block access from those companies’ devices to its corporate resources because they lack Google’s mobile services, reads the memo.

Any staff in the country using Android handsets, including those from Huawei or Xiaomi, will be provided with an iPhone 15, as a one-time purchase. The Redmond giant is designating collection points across China where employees can pick up their iPhones.

Microsoft is also introducing the iPhones-only rule in Hong Kong, despite the Google Play Store being available in the special administrative region of China.

  • JackbyDev@programming.dev
    link
    fedilink
    English
    arrow-up
    19
    arrow-down
    1
    ·
    10 days ago

    The Redmond giant

    One of my least favorite things in journalism. Idk if it is SEO or what but it’s so bizarre.

    • hamsterkill@lemmy.sdf.org
      link
      fedilink
      English
      arrow-up
      30
      ·
      9 days ago

      It’s just a writer seeking to vary their language a bit. It’s a trick to keep themselves from repeating “Microsoft” quite so many times in a short span, as too much word repetition can cause readers to “tune out”.

      • JackbyDev@programming.dev
        link
        fedilink
        English
        arrow-up
        4
        arrow-down
        1
        ·
        9 days ago

        That’s fair enough, but “the X giant” in particular I see so often. It feels like an in-joke amongst journalists or something.

      • rottingleaf@lemmy.zip
        link
        fedilink
        English
        arrow-up
        1
        ·
        9 days ago

        It sucks so bad when people do this in Russian.

        Same person monotonously being referred to as “young woman” (not that it has anything to do in the context, just to replace “she” or “<name>”), “<hobby>”, “<profession>”, “<place where they live>”, some other crap instead of refactoring and compressing the text a bit.

        It works when there’s relevant information.

      • hakunawazo@lemmy.world
        link
        fedilink
        English
        arrow-up
        1
        arrow-down
        2
        ·
        edit-2
        8 days ago

        Oh I could help them out with a few synonyms: The asshats with the Internet Explorer, the start menu advertising clowns, the BSOD guys, the USE ONLY MY WEBBROWSER bullies, …