Federal government

Feds Approve Microsoft Windows Phone for Government Use

Blackberry the g-man's phone of choice


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 Apple and Google. That is, outside of Washington, DC.

Government workers are famous, if sometimes reluctant BlackBerry users. Did you notice that in the Netflix series 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 approved for Department of Defense use in May. Today, Windows Phone 8 joined the list of government-approved devices, giving Microsoft thousands of potential customers.