Microsoft and Good Technology have announced a strategic application partnership to enable the use of the Good for Enterprise solution on Windows Phone devices. Good will provide FIPS-certified 192 bit AES encryption for end-to-end mobile messaging for the Windows Phone platform to enable secured accessing of corporate data using Good for Enterprise. With these security technologies, businesses will be able to offer employees a significant set of choiuces when supporting BYOD environments.
According to a recent report by IDC, Windows Phone is set to realize the fastest growth in the next three years at a CAGR of 69.4 percent, more than double the industry average. Total volumes are forecasted to total 9.2 million units in 2011 and 209.0 million units in 2015.
"Every customer makes an individual decision when it comes to selecting a personal mobile device, and more and more people are choosing Windows Phone for both its integrated experiences and elegant design," said Tom Trinneer, director of Product Management, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. "Good Technology is a leader in providing encrypted email access to enterprise employees. This is why we selected Good as our Windows Phone 7.5 preferred partner solution for secured, encrypted mobile messaging. With its help we can now extend the Windows Phone experience by adding powerful security technologies to enterprise email, enabling busy professionals to stay connected and productive."
The Good for Enterprise solution is targeted for commercial availability for Windows Phone devices in early Q2 2012 and will be distributed as an application, available for download from the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Good also announced the use of the Good for Enterprise solution on Lumia devices. Lumia devices running the Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" operating system will interoperate with Good's FIPS-certified 192 bit AES encryption and end-to-end mobile messaging, to provide business customers with secure access to corporate data using Good for Enterprise.
Partnering with Nokia makes good business sense for Good. As noted above, Windows Phone shipments will begin to skyrocket as Nokia develops and sells its WP7 devices into its established markets - something that has yet to begin occurring. Both partnerships will clearly expand the reach of Good's mobile security platform.
Leveraging the Good for Enterprise solution, enterprises will be able to support employee use of Lumia smartphones with the confidence in knowing that corporate data will be secure - making it a win-win scenario for both IT leaders and information workers. Employees will be able to access corporate email, contacts, and calendars through the Good for Enterprise application on their Nokia Windows Phone smartphones - just as they access Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes on desktop computers at the office - using the intuitive user interface with panorama and pivot views with which they are already be familiar.
IT managers will be able to protect corporate data with data encryption and easy-to-apply policies, such as requiring passwords and preventing cut/copy/paste capabilities from the Good for Enterprise app. They will also be able to establish role-based policies using web-based management tools and perform remote wipe of enterprise information only, leaving music, photos, and other personal data present elsewhere on an employee's mobile device intact in the event the mobile device is compromised, lost or stolen.
The Good for Enterprise solution, leveraging the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system on Lumia devices, is targeted for commercial availability in early Q2 2012.