A quick rundown of VMware’s AirWatch and Workspace One announcements today

There are updates to Android management, Windows 10, iOS 10.3, and new cheaper pricing options

Following up last month's Horizon updates, VMware came out with a round of Workspace One updates today. The main theme was product refinement, along with new (and cheaper) pricing options. I talked to Adam Rykowski, VP of product management for unified endpoint management, to learn more.

Android updates

To step back for a second, Android’s enhanced native EMM capabilities (formerly called Android for Work) have been available since early 2015, but adoption has been fairly slow. One reason was the need for managed Google Accounts for each user. Fortunately, last year with Android 7.0, Google introduced a new and much more lightweight managed Google Play account option. (Here’s how this works under the hood, if you’re curious.) VMware started supporting this option with AirWatch 9.0 last fall, and Adam said that’s really helped a lot of customers get started, even if they’re doing it with just a few devices.

Today’s announcement should make it easier for customers to do larger deployments of institutional devices. VMware is adding support for enrollment into device owner mode via email or QR code. This can provide an “out-of-box” experience for corporate-owned line of business devices (think of it as being similar to Apple’s Device Enrollment program). This summer, VMware will add more options to help customers migrate from other Android management APIs.

Other updates include support for the Work Profile security challenge, which can be used to put a password around managed apps without using an SDK or app wrapping. VMware also added a level of integration between the managed Google Play console and the AirWatch console to make it easier to deploy and configure Android apps.

Windows 10

On the Windows 10 side, today’s release also builds on all of the AirWatch 9.0 features for Win32 apps. There’s much more granular control over patching and BitLocker, and now TrustPoint (Tanium) can integrate with the AirWatch compliance engine. These are a few more steps to help companies get to the point where they can switch over to MDM for Windows.

Other updates

Other updates in VMware’s EMM and identity management portfolio include:

  • Updated apps, app wrapper, and app SDK to support iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4.
  • More of VMware’s access gateways have been merged together into the new Unified Access Gateway, which means that access policies in Workspace One can be applied more consistently to on-premises apps.
  • Apple Watch can now be used to respond to multi-factor authentication requests.
  • There’s a new password vaulting plugin for apps that don’t support real federation (for Chrome, Firefox, and IE.
  • Boxer is getting support for S/MIME, email classification, and more iOS gestures; VMware has also improved the email push notification infrastructure.

Pricing

The Workspace One editions are the same, but now they’ve lowered some of the prices and added new per-device options. VMware has also added a new managed hosted delivery option.

  • Standard Edition (MDM, app catalogue, IAM) is now $3.50/device or $6/user (down from $8) per month; perpetual is $50/device or $90/user (down from $150).
  • Advanced Edition (adds UEM, AirWatch apps, per-app VPN, and telecom usage monitoring) is now $5.50/device or $10/user (down from $12) per month; perpetual is $90/device or $180/user (down from $230).
  • Enterprise Edition (adds desktop virtualization) is $23.42 user/month; perpetual is $400.

Wrap up

There’s nothing too surprising here, but with all these new details added in, hopefully by the time VMworld and AirWatch Connect come around, VMware will be able to show off a lot more customers with experience managing Android (for Work) and, more importantly, Windows 10 with MDM/UEM.

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