We are a small company, and in the past, we used Windows Phones; since we are very much based on Microsoft's services. Now that the Windows phones have all been replaced by Android phones, our smartphones at work are in a sort of limbo state.
Without a Google account, the Play Store is somewhat limited, and new apps need to be installed via side-loading. While this is feasible if you restrict yourself to trusted sources; however it could also be a disaster waiting to happen.
Is there a way to get a functioning Play Store without creating a Google Account for every employee? One might be forgiven to think that must be a solution to this problem already being thought of.
The reasons why we would like to avoid this are as follows:
- All work-related communication should run over our Microsoft 365 services, i.e., Outlook for Android, since then they are automatically synced to other devices. If Gmail was available, one can surely bet that some communication will run over Gmail, which would only complicate things.
- The same holds for the Calendar. I bet with a Google account, some people will (knowingly or unknowingly) use the Google Calendar for work-related dates, which will essentially hide those dates from others who use the Outlook Calendar.