Azurati launches Gone Fishing, a new free HTML5 Out of Office notification app

Gone fishingHave you ever left the office to go on a business trip or on vacation and forgotten to set your Out of Office notification?  Azurati has come to the rescue with the immediate availability of a new free HTML5 application called Gone Fishing™!

Gone Fishing is available on any mobile device as an HTML5 mobile web application and allows users to set their Out of Office notifications in Microsoft Exchange, modify the Out of Office message and turn the notification off.

Azurati developed the Gone Fishing app as a sample mobile web application to be published into the Azurati Mobile Portal™, an HTML5 mobile application container that allows corporate users to access corporately approved mobile web applications securely from any mobile device.

Here are some details of how the Gone Fishing app works:

  • The user accesses the Gone Fishing app through the Azurati Mobile Portal in the normal way. And chooses the Gone Fishing App.

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  • After the user enters their mail box address, the Gone Fishing app then retrieves their current out of office message status from the Exchange Server. The user can then choose to turn off or turn on/update their message. In this case I already have an out of office message which reads “Gone fishing”, I disable my out of office message and then set it to read “Gone fishing to Alaska”.

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  • Once an out of office message has been set, the change happens immediately on the Exchange server as can be seen from the test e-mail below.  The Gone Fishing app can also be installed on the home screen, like other web apps.

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  • The Gone Fishing app stores the user’s mail box in persistent HTML5 storage. This means that when the user next accesses the App, they don’t need to type in their mail box address again. The App also automatically retrieves the user’s out of office message status on start-up  The App also gives the user the ability to clear all the stored data.

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  • Offline mode.  The App will run in offline mode, although because it relies on a connection to the server, all it’s functions are disabled.

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  • However, the Gone Fishing app automatically detects when the status of the connection changes and the App is online again. At this point it will automatically retrieve the user’s out of office message status.

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  • A new feature of this App is that is can automatically detect when a new version of the App is available on the Mobile Portal and it prompts the users to install the new update. This code can be added to other HTML5 Apps published by developers to the Azurati Mobile Portal container.

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If you find it frustrating when you leave the office and forget to set your MS Outlook Out of Office reminder, get in touch with Azurati and we will happily set you up with our free Gone Fishing HTML5 web app.

Equally, if you are looking to deploy HTML5 web applications in your business, have a chat with Azurati about how we can help you manage your HTML5 web apps in our new secure HTML5 Application Container solution, the Azurati Mobile Portal.

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New study shows BYOD growing ever more popular

A new research study by Research and Markets published today shows how Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives continue to gain momentum in the enterprise.  Bring your own device programs aim to permit personal mobile devices in the workplace to access corporate systems and applications, like email and other enterprise systems.

The Research and Markets BYOD study is based on an extensive survey of enterprise organizations around the world and indicates that as many as 65% of organizations will have adopted some level of BYOD by the end of 2013 and only 11% not having any plans for BYOD in the future.

BYOD has its critics, who highlight security concerns and spiralling costs, with a typical native mobile strategy requiring the purchase or development of applications for each mobile platform and necessitating an additional Mobile Device Management (MDM) infrastructure layer to manage mobile devices and applications.

BYOD – a new way
With the rise of HTML5 as a standard, the costs of developing cross-platform mobile applications are plummeting  but many developers are still publishing HTML5 web applications with native application ‘wrappers’ so that they can be accessed via public or private app stores and installed on mobile devices.

Azurati Mobile Portal - HTML5 Mobile App Container

A new breed of mobile solutions, like Azurati’s Mobile Portal™, an HTML5 application container solution, aims to provide secure BYOD at a fraction of the total cost of providing and managing a native application environment.  Azurati does this by providing a secure mobile portal environment that, when authenticated, provides users with all of their approved corporate mobile web applications in one location; without the need for Mobile Device Management infrastructure layers.   Access to the Azurati Mobile Portal container is granted based on the user’s job function or role, allowing apps to be granted based on personal requirements and access to the Mobile Portal environment can be cut instantly if the employee leaves the business or if the mobile device is misplaced.

To find out more about the Azurati Mobile Portal HTML5 application container solution, visit:  http://www.azurati.com/products/azurati-mobile-portal/ or email info@azurati.com if you would like to talk to Azurati about how you can manage your BYOD programs more efficiently with an HTML5 app container solution, like the Azurati Mobile Portal.

iOS 6.1 lock-screen bypass is seriously bad news – for native application developers

OK, so the news today that IOS devices can be hacked by following a now publicly available procedure to enable a user to bypass the iPhone and iPad password lock is seriously BAD news … particularly for companies who are looking to deploy IOS devices as part of an enterprise BYOD initiative to access corporate mobile applications.

It should be plainly obvious why letting an unscrupulous hacker into your ‘secure’ IOS device will be seen as a major security risk, particularly if your device includes applications that have auto-log on functions and can access sensitive corporate content or data.

Luckily, there is salvation for IOS users who want to have access to enterprise mobile applications

Azurati’s HTML5 Mobile Application Container solution, called the Azurati Mobile Portal, provides enterprise users with a secure virtual mobile desktop where approved corporate mobile applications can be accessed and launched, once authenticated, securely.

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Users authenticate to the Mobile Portal container environment using any one of 15 supported authentication methods, including Active Directory Federated profiles (ADFS), 2-factor authentication, third party Identity Management solutions, as well as via third party providers, like Windows LiveID, Google or Yahoo profiles.  Once authenticated, users will be able to launch HTML5 web applications from the Mobile Portal container with single sign-on.

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If you are an IOS user and you are concerned about Apple’s IOS screen-lock bypass issue and you would like to evaluate Azurati’s secure HTML5 Web Application Container, contact sales@azurati.com and we will be happy to arrange a demonstration and trial.

Azurati webinar: HTML5 mobile application containers – the killer app for enterprise mobility

Date:  Wednesday 27 February 2013

Time:  16:00 London/17:00 Paris/11:00 New York/10:00 Dallas/08:00 Los Angeles

 

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Mobile Application Containers allow users to access approved corporate mobile applications from a single secure location, which can be wiped, if necessary, without affecting other personal apps and data.

In this webinar, Ronan Lavelle from Azurati will present the Azurati Mobile Portal™ – a new Mobile Application Container solution uniquely for HTML5 mobile web applications.  This webinar will cover the following

  • The business case for Mobile App Containers for HTML5 applications
  • Mobile user authentication
  • Accessing corporate mobile applications on any mobile device
  • Single Sign-On
  • Publishing mobile HTML5 applications to the Mobile Portal container
  • MDM or no MDM, that is the question

If you are considering a cross-platform or BYOD mobile strategy and the use of HTML5 for mobile enterprise applications, this webinar is ideal for you.

Who should attend?
CIOs
IT Strategists/Architects
Mobile analysts
Business executives with an interest in mobile enterprise applications

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any friends or colleagues who may be interested in this topic.

Title: HTML5 mobile application containers – the killer app for enterprise mobility
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time: 16:00 London17:00 Paris11:00 New York12:00 Dallas08:00 Los Angeles

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New year; new enhancements for Azurati’s enterprise mobility solutions

The development team at Azurati would even have impressed Santa’s Elves this Holiday season with the raft of new exciting innovations and enhancements that they have managed to roll-out to support our secure, cross-platform mobile enterprise proposition.

Today, we are excited to announce a number of new innovations that have not previously been available to any enterprise mobile users, which we hope will boost the adoption of HTML5-based mobile applications in the enterprise:

Azurati Mobile Portal
The Azurati Mobile Portal provides a new way for enterprise users to access HTML5-based mobile applications securely from any mobile device.  With the Azurati Mobile Portal, enterprise users are able to authenticate themselves once and then use the Mobile Portal interface as an HTML5 mobile application launchpad, enabling mobile apps to be launched with secure single sign-on.

Azurati Mobile Portal for HTML5 mobile applications

The Azurati Mobile Portal is great for both IT and the mobile user community because it provides a secure environment to access HTML5 mobile applications that can be centrally controlled (without needing expensive Mobile Device Management solutions).

HTML5 mobile applications are published to the Azurati Mobile Portal via the Azurati ASAP mobile application platform.

Azurati Apps
Azurati Apps are HTML5 applications that can be developed as cross-platform mobile applications from the ground-up, or as cross-platform mobile versions of existing enterprise software applications.

What’s more, for the first time, Microsoft SharePoint users who frequently access custom developed Web Parts in SharePoint, can create specific full-screen mobile applications from Web Parts that can be accessed via the Azurati Mobile Portal.  Examples of these may be Staff Contact lists, Product data lists, Company news and discussions, etc.

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Azurati Apps can be developed to support Dynamic Offline access so that mobile users can continue to work and be productive even when Internet connectivity is lost.

Enhancements to Azurati V-Parts in SharePoint2Go
Azurati has made a number of enhancements to our V-Part architecture that now makes it easier than ever to convert custom developed SharePoint Web Parts and access them via Azurati’s cross-platform mobile SharePoint solution, SharePoint2Go.

If you find that the true value in SharePoint is not in its out-of-the-box feature set, but in the custom developed Web Parts and SharePoint apps (like Staff contact lists, project task lists, company news, BI reports, sales pipeline data, etc.), then for the first time, you will be able to continue to use these functions

Live editing of documents from SharePoint2Go
A common request from Azurati customers was the ability to edit documents from SharePoint2Go.  Up until now, this has been technically complex because of the fact that SharePoint2Go is a mobile web application.  However, we are pleased to announce a new capability that will allow live editing of documents from SharePoint2Go using Microsoft Office Web Apps on iPads.

The following screenshots show how this works (click images to view enlarged view):

1. Select document from library

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2. Select Edit Document

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3. Edit document in Microsoft Web Apps (this requires a valid user licence for Office Web Apps)

Azurati doc live edit 4 4. Save document

azurati doc live edit 5 5. Document edits are saved back to SharePoint2Go

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SharePoint2Go On-Premise deployments
We are pleased to announce also, that we are now able to offer On-Premise deployments of SharePoint2Go in addition to our standard Microsoft Azure Cloud option.  Enterprise customers who feel that they are unable to make use of Cloud-based services may install the Azurati SharePoint2Go server on internal servers behind the corporate firewall.

More information about Azurati
If you are considering HTML5-based mobile applications as part of your enterprise mobility strategy or if you would like to understand more about any of these announcements and Azurati’s HTML5 enterprise mobility solutions, please contact us via www.azurati.com.