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Microsoft China’s Android Devices Ban Report Is Exaggerated, Says Employee

Microsoft China’s Android Devices Ban Report Is Exaggerated, Says Employee

(Yicai) July 10 — Reports that the Chinese arm of U.S. software giant Microsoft will force its local employees to stop using Android devices and switch to iPhones are exaggerated, a company employee said.

“The claim that Android devices are not allowed is exaggerated,” the officer told Yicai.

A Bloomberg News report yesterday said Microsoft has ordered its employees in China to switch to iPhones at work and abandon Android starting in September. The company added that it will provide iPhones to those who don’t have them.

An employee noted that Microsoft China provided iOS devices to some of its employees who did not have iOS devices:

Microsoft will soon require employees in China to use iOS devices to authenticate when logging in, according to an internal memo cited in the report. The move, which will affect hundreds of employees, is part of the company’s Secure Future Initiative, which aims to improve products and thwart hackers.

“Microsoft Authenticator and Identity Pass apps are available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Yicai yesterday. “We look forward to providing our employees with the tools to access these essential apps.”

Editors: Shi Yi, Martin Kadiev

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