Ever since it was announced at the World Wide Developer’s Conference in June, Apple’s new IOS 7 has garnered a lot of attention. One of the Apple web pages that appeared shortly after the announcement was a page listing the features of IOS 7 that will benefit businesses. Many of the features listed were already being achieved (to some degree) by XenMobile but are now being integrated into the IOS 7 Operating System. This will inherently give a leg up to both parties, solidifying what XenMobile was attempting and accelerating the functionality Workspace can provide. Let’s have a look at the feature categories that Apple is promoting for business users (the italicized text is referenced from Apple’s IOS 7 for Business web page, please refer to that page for full information from Apple.)
Open in management - Protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments. Managed open in gives IT the ability to configure the list of apps available in the sharing panel. This keeps work documents in corporate apps and also prevents personal documents from being opened in managed apps.
This basically provides MDM controls to which applications can be use to open or not open a file type in IOS. XenMobile was already doing this in the apps it controlled and Workspace had the ability to turn this ability on or off completely from the data stored in workspace. Both products can benefit from this additional management and control.
Per app VPN - Apps can now be configured to automatically connect to VPN when they are launched. Per app VPN gives IT granular control over corporate network access. It ensures that data transmitted by managed apps travels through VPN — and that other data, like an employee’s personal web browsing activity, does not.
This has to be the most underrated business feature of IOS7. This one has the ability to be a significant game changer and possibly have more impact than most realize.