If you look around at the mindless lemmings staring at their
phones as they walk down the street of any city, it might seem like
the mobile platform market is a two-horse race between
). That is, outside of Washington, DC.
Government workers are famous, if sometimes reluctant
) users. Did you notice that in the
House of Cards
all the characters connected to the government used them? People
who work for courts, the military, or any sensitive government
agency are issued BlackBerrys for security reasons. The Canadian
company's biggest asset is its much-touted security and encryption
algorithms. Apple's iOS 6 devices were only
for Department of Defense use in May. Today, Windows Phone 8 joined
the list of government-approved devices, giving
) thousands of potential customers.
Today, Windows Phone 8 was granted what is called
accreditation, which is used to evaluate the level of a device's
security and the cryptographic algorithms it uses to protect the
secrets locked in its guts. It still isn't approved for Department
of Defense-level clearance, but it does pave the way for it to join
BlackBerry, Apple, and a few
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) devices as ready for bas
ic sensitive information.
This could improve Windows Phone adoption for enterprise and even
give Microsoft a marketing angle. If it's secure enough for spooks,
you can rest assured that proprietary company data and such stays
safe on them. Also, with Office software built in, it could cement
Microsoft's enterprise focus. Companies that have a
bring-your-own-device policy might nudge employees to pick a
(NOK) Windows Phone.
This isn't good news for BlackBerry at all. With this crypto
certification, Windows Phones can even be issued to government
employees on their home turf in Canada.
Enterprise adoption could help boost Window Phone's market share,
making the problem of weak reception -- a current complaint among
consumers -- less of a issue. Despite some sleek designs and
quality specs, Microsoft's phone is still a
to the Android and iPhone platforms, according to both comScore and
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Media, has a business relationship with BlackBerry.