Since we launched AirWatch 8 earlier this year, our product teams have been singularly focused on delivering enterprise mobility management solutions that empower businesses to transform the way work is done. We know that business mobility drives the new digital workspace, where employees can get work done anywhere—in the office, on the road or at home—on any connected device. And we know that every business, every team and every employee wants a single, easy-to-use solution that powers choice and seamless productivity with the backbone of security and privacy.
AirWatch 8.2 takes us one step closer to our ultimate goal of unified endpoint management, where every connected device—desktop, laptop, tablet, phone and ‘thing’—can be seamlessly deployed, managed and secured within one easy-to-use administrative console. We are excited to once again deliver upon AirWatch’s commitment to empowering our customers with an innovative, elegant solution that enables productive and secure business mobility.
Empowering Unified Endpoint Management: Supporting the Diverse Business Mobility Ecosystem
AirWatch 8.2 is packed with innovative new features purpose-built to support your business’ unique mobile fleet. As enterprise mobile deployments become more diverse in terms of form factors and operating systems, AirWatch 8.2 continues our commitment to unifying endpoint management.
AirWatch 8.2 introduces support for the next generation of Windows Phone—Windows 10 Mobile—bringing new operating system functionalities to smartphones. AirWatch 8.2 enables soon-to-be-released Windows 10 Mobile devices to take advantage of streamlined enrollment methods, including Out of Box Experience, adding Work accounts and bulk enrollment. This release also includes an enhanced application catalog additional device restrictions, and advanced VPN controls such as per-app VPN and client-side micro segmentation.
For Android devices, we are excited to release AirWatch Tunnel for per-app tunneling for public and internal apps on Android 5+ devices. Built using native APIs, AirWatch Tunnel provides IT with the controls and security mechanisms necessary to enable enterprise access for users on a per-app basis without any code changes to the app. The release of AirWatch Tunnel for Android continues our commitment to providing simple and secure network access for all apps across platforms.
For laptops and desktops, AirWatch 8.2 includes additional functionality for Windows 10, including enhanced Passport for Work policies for biometric authentication and configurations around Outlook and Bitlocker encryption. This release also adds additional configurations around passcodes and custom attributes for OS X devices, building on the initial release of OS X El Capitan in late September.
And For All Our Admins Out There: You Talked, We Listened
Thanks to your open, honest feedback with the AirWatch leadership and account teams, we’ve expanded administrator usability within the console to make managing your mobile fleet easier, more robust and more efficient. Here’s a sneak-peek of our favorite usability enhancements in AirWatch 8.2.
AirWatch 8.2 introduces several usability enhancements across the platform. Device management capabilities like IP address-based onboarding, simplified assignment workflows for smart groups, and improved import and export of admin roles makes the IT administrator experience easier. The ability to manage paid public iOS apps in countries without access to VPP helps IT admins with global device fleets deploy mission-critical apps to any user. To enhance the end user experience, AirWatch 8.2 introduces Email Notification Service for real-time iOS Inbox notifications. For organizations using AirWatch Video, this release introduces support for Limelight as a video repository to ensure fast, reliable, secure delivery of your video to your users.
Other Innovation Highlights from the Past Few Months
The AirWatch 8.2 release is a continuation of our commitment to unified endpoint management, empowering administrators with a single console to manage all devices of all platforms, OS and form factors.
In case you missed it, AirWatch released several innovations around the Android platform over the past few months. AirWatch now supports bulk enrollment of corporate-owned Android for Work devices through a custom staging process to streamline devices setup by IT before distributing to end users. IT admins simply install the AirWatch Relay application onto a “parent device,” and then through an NFC bump with a “child device,” it relays information such as device date/time, Wi-Fi network configurations and installs the AirWatch Agent on the child device.
Similarly, AirWatch now supports Samsung KNOX Container mode and Samsung KNOX Mobile Enrollment to deploy devices out of the box.
Business Mobility for the Future of Work
AirWatch 8.2 is by far the highest quality product we’ve ever shipped—and it’s all thanks to you, our customers. Together, we are building a business mobility ecosystem that radically simplifies enterprise mobility and empowers you with solutions that are more secure, reduce costs and deliver a better end-user experience to your employees. We are honored to be your partner on this journey and forge this vision alongside you.
For the full list of features and enhancements that help you unify endpoint management across your mobile fleet, please visit myAirWatch and register for the webinar. I’ll also be monitoring the comments below closely, so feel free to drop us a line and we’ll respond quickly to your unique query.
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