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Apple Watch Gets Email, IT Support

Good Technology ported its enterprise email application to the Apple Watch so mobile professionals can manage their inboxes and IT can manage Apple's fledgling wearable.

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Good Technology today announced the availability of Good Work for the Apple Watch. Good Work lets mobile professionals manage their inboxes while allowing IT to manage Apple's fledgling wearable.

Good Work is already available to the Apple iPhone, and the Watch version builds on that platform. In addition to basic email and calendar notifications, Good Work for Apple Watch adds capabilities such as glances for new and unread emails, and more detail about upcoming calendar appointments.

According to Good, Apple Watch owners can read emails directly on their watches, and delete, flag, or mark read/unread using the Watch's Force Touch gesture. Force Touch registers the amount of pressure applied to the screen, in addition to basic touch interactions. The calendar app now presents a scrollable timeline. Each appointment can be expanded to reveal information such as the organizer's photo, notes, and other details.

These improved user-facing features are joined by new security controls for IT. Good said in a statement that it updated the policy controls in the Good Dynamic Secure Mobility Platform, which lets businesses manage wearables used in the enterprise. IT can enable or disable the Good Work watch app from Good's Web-based console. Moreover, Good Work supports the new Apple Watch wrist-detection restriction, so companies that have stricter mobile device management policies can enforce those policies with ease.


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"Enabling enterprise mobility means securing data accessed and used on all devices, whether smartphones, tablets, or wearables,” said Christy Wyatt, chairman and CEO of Good Technology, in a June 29 statement. "The Good Work app for Apple Watch [allows] greater productivity for employees while also providing complete policy controls for IT." (Wyatt was formerly an executive at Motorola.)

The proliferation of wearables in the enterprise is beginning to ramp up. Though the majority of wearables sold today are fitness bands, smartwatches are predicted to surpass fitness bands as early as 2017. Android Wear and Pebble have a solid share of the smartwatch market, though Apple may be quick to catch up.

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Reports suggest Apple has already moved 2.8 million smartwatches since the Watch's April 24 debut. Some analysts believe Apple may ship as many as 15 million devices before the end of the year. Every one of those Watches will be paired with an iPhone -- today's most prevalent enterprise smartphone.

IT will need to be on the lookout for the rising tide of wearables in the workplace -- especially those from Apple and Google. In addition to email and calendar data, the Watch holds enterprise contact information.

Good Work for Apple Watch is available from the iTunes App Store. If you're not employing Good's platform in your business, it's a safe bet that Good's competitors will add wearable controls to their own MDM platforms in the months ahead.

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shamika
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6/29/2015 | 11:47:36 AM
Sony
This is interesting. Accordingly to my understanding "Sony" was the first to introduce this technology.  Do you think I am correct on this?
danielcawrey
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6/29/2015 | 3:52:15 PM
Re: Sony
This is great as long as you are willing to squint at your wrist for long periods of time in order to go through you email on a smartwatch. 

I really don't see myself reading email on a smartwatch; reading messages on a smartphone is already bad enough if you ask me. 
Joe Stanganelli
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6/29/2015 | 11:15:16 PM
Re: Sony
@daniel: I was just thinking that Apple investors should also probably put their money in eyeglass manufacturers as well!
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 10:30:09 AM
Re: Sony
@Joe – Any particular reason why Apple should focus on the eyeglasses too. I believe the Google glasses didn't turn out be successful as expected. 
Joe Stanganelli
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7/3/2015 | 10:10:12 AM
Re: Sony
My dad has a saying: "There are no bad ideas -- just bad timing."

Google Glass, for its part, was probably ahead of its time.  (The product did serve as a PR coup, at least, for Google.)

Augmented reality glasses -- ones that have been around longer than Google Glass -- have recently started to get more attention for enterprise/industrial use.
Li Tan
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7/3/2015 | 10:23:54 AM
Re: Sony
I am willing to see how iWatch will improve in its next generation. Many people blame that iWatch must rely on iPhone. But I am thinking does it even make sense to make iWatch into a standalone product? Would it be better to make it into a valuable add-on for iPhone?
Technocrati
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7/3/2015 | 3:52:52 PM
Re: Sony
"... Would it be better to make it into a valuable add-on for iPhone?"

@Li Tan     I would think so - IMO that is the problem of being known as an innovator - you are forced to "innovate" whether it makes sense or not.
Technocrati
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7/3/2015 | 3:57:42 PM
Re: Sony

@ Joe    Interesting point regarding Augmented reality glasses.   I know of some who are spending considerable time on this new frontier and after they achieve their lofty dream of incorporating this technology in their endeavors - the response will more than likely be ....." this is cool, not particularly useful - but cool."

 

But at least this particular engineer can act as if he is really doing something "useful" in the meantime.

Joe Stanganelli
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7/4/2015 | 9:07:31 AM
Re: Sony
I see the benefit.  I got to personally demo Sony's Smarteyeglass earlier this year, and it was neat.  The industrial use is very clear, as the glasses can be used to recognize objects and give realtime instructions.

Although I can't imagine wearing those for a full shift.  I'd get tired of looking at the text displays.
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7/4/2015 | 1:30:38 PM
Re: Sony
"There are no bad ideas -- just bad timing."

Interesting, and often right, but not always. Here are some bad ideas that spring to mind in random order

-        Ctrl-Alt-Del

-        Really thick heavy text books for students

-        The first Mac portable which weighed 20 lbs

-        Amazon drone delivery

-        Pop-up ads

-        4 inch high heels

 
Technocrati
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7/4/2015 | 1:47:57 PM
Re: Sony

@jastroff    Nice list !   But I kind of like the 4 inch high heels but then again I don't have to wear them !   : ) 

jastroff
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7/4/2015 | 2:45:16 PM
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>>  But I kind of like the 4 inch high heels but then again I don't have to wear them !   : ) 

Yes, but I have and they are difficult to make work!

 

:-)
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 10:24:14 AM
Re: Sony
@danielcawrey – I would never want to go through an email on my Smartwatch 3 (although it has that feature). I would love to have notification to see what is important and not. 
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 10:11:27 AM
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@Shamika – Depends on how you define Smart watches. Watches capable of communicating with  data and computers have been in existence since 1982 (pulsar watch) . Sony has been ahead in terms of having different versions starting from Sony Ericsson LiveView to Smart Watch 3
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6/29/2015 | 12:15:19 PM
Wow, still don't get it
Granted, I am a notorious late adopter, but I still don't get the smart watch thing. I am a long time lover of automatic watches and I think I would sooner hack my arm off than strap an Apple watch to my wrist...
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6/29/2015 | 1:24:33 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@progman2000 - I'm with you on this.  Still don't get it.  To me, watches are supposed to be wearable pieces of art - not wearable computers.

But on a side note, I wouldn't hold out much hope for Good Technologies to improve upon anything the Apple Watch has to offer.  We just got rid of our Good server and I was glad to see it go.  It was nothing but a headache.  The last experience I had with it was it stopped delivering a user's email on her Andriod because it had reached a storage limit.  Even when mail was deleted and more room was made available, it would not resolve.  We just moved that user to Active Sync instead.
progman2000
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6/29/2015 | 2:40:06 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
I have to say, I'm a runner and as a techie I own the latest Garmin GPS watch which has bluetooth and syncs with your phone. I am forced to run with my phone quite often because I am on call. It is kind of cool to have the watch show you text messages, emails, and display caller id when you're running. But it's never something I would wear during the normal course of the day. I love automatic watches too much. Plus my cell phone is always a pocket away.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/29/2015 | 11:18:09 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@progman: Do you have a FitBit or the like too?  (And, for that matter, have you sustained any chemical burns?)
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6/30/2015 | 7:09:31 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@Joe - no Fitbit, Garmin is all for me right now. I know the Fitbit devices are crazy popular though.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/30/2015 | 11:26:52 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
I went on a date with a girl just this past weekend who had a FitBit.  She showed it off to me and told me how she was able to use the data, in a matter of weeks, to find a better sleep pattern for herself.  Understanding her sleep needs better, she is now more well rested.  It was fascinating to hear a real-world example, face-to-face, from someone about how a FitBit helped improve someone's life.
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 10:22:35 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@vnewman2- These devices have stop functioning normal when they no longer have free space. I think you should try the option of syncing only recent emails (probably 2weeks or a month).
Thomas Claburn
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6/29/2015 | 6:56:10 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
>We just got rid of our Good server and I was glad to see it go.  It was nothing but a headache. 

When you call your company Good Technology, you'd better make sure the product delivers what the name suggests.
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6/29/2015 | 6:59:15 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@Thomas - True. You open yourself up for plenty of jokes - like the one we used at my firm "Good for nothing" Technology
Joe Stanganelli
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6/29/2015 | 11:19:22 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
I guess I'll name my startup "Bad Technology."  Then, I won't be disappointing anyone (and, perhaps, hopefully, pleasantly surprising them)!
Joe Stanganelli
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6/29/2015 | 11:19:53 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
(Obligatory "You can't keep a Good server down" joke goes here.)
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 10:27:02 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@Thomas  - I have been using my Smartwatch 3 for few months and haven't see much of an issue. The wrist strap seems to be wearing out and Sony didn't release the steel strap although promised. 
Joe Stanganelli
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6/29/2015 | 11:17:23 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@vnewman2: On the one hand, is not a tiny, wearable computer its own form of wearable art?  (And, in that way, arguably way more artistic and innovative than a picture of Mickey Mouse next to a Timex logo?)

On the other hand, I question the decision-making abilities of someone who places any priority on the notion of wearing art on their wrist (absent, possibly, that person being so ridiculously rich that they may as well)...
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6/30/2015 | 1:35:57 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
The craftsmanship that goes into making a fine timepiece is truly an art. Apple actually did put a good deal of effort into the design of the Apple Watch which they term craftsmanship but it's night and day when comparing it to classic watchmaking.
Technocrati
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7/2/2015 | 3:44:39 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@vnewman2  They sure did but it will never sway traditionalist.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/2/2015 | 5:38:57 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@vnewman2: Different skillsets, different "genres" of craftsmanship.

Perhaps someday the programming of today will seem quaint.

Of course, another big difference is that classic Swiss timepieces aren't made on an assembly line.
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 10:31:12 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@Joe – I am sure for the rich they would have an Goal coated or a Diamond studded smart watch. 
Joe Stanganelli
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7/3/2015 | 10:05:36 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
To be fair, that's better than getting an allergic reaction or sustaining a chemical burn from the regular material.  ;)
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 10:21:36 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@vnewman2- These devices have stop functioning normal when they no longer have free space. I think you should try the option of syncing only recent emails (probably 2weeks or a month).
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6/30/2015 | 2:47:22 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@shakeeb - that would never fly here. They use their mobile devices like computers - they need to see everything - which is why "Good" tech is just bad for us :)
Joe Stanganelli
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6/30/2015 | 11:30:58 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@vnewman2: Indeed.  Nearly any tech, for that matter.  I spend so many hours staring at a computer screen.  When I'm rich, I am so done with this whole Internet thing.  I'll just sit by the pool -- and pay someone to print out interesting web pages.
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7/2/2015 | 3:39:04 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@Joe  Same here - the only computer I would like to see in that case would be on my Flat - screen.  And even that would be rare.
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6/30/2015 | 10:18:45 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
@program- The best reason for me to use a smart watch is because I don't need to take out my phone every time I get a notification. You could just see it from your wrist and ignore it where necessary. 
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7/2/2015 | 3:49:49 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it

@progman2000   I just don't get this either - everyone has a phone that can do the same thing.  Is Apple running out of ideas or what ?

 

I would be much more impressed if Apple would figure out how to extend the battery life and reduce the heat expelled by my five year old Mac Book Pro.

Joe Stanganelli
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7/2/2015 | 5:39:56 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
They probably could figure it out if they wanted to...but, you know, planned obsolescence and all...
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7/2/2015 | 4:25:24 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
>> I would be much more impressed if Apple would figure out how to extend the battery life and reduce the heat expelled by my five year old Mac Book Pro.

I guess we should be thankful that the infustry standardized on power plugs. 

Lots of places are working on batteries, new ideas, but Apple would rather sell everyone a new Mac Book Pro, etc

 
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7/2/2015 | 5:00:00 PM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
"....Lots of places are working on batteries, new ideas, but Apple would rather sell everyone a new Mac Book Pro, etc"


@jastroff     Well their strategy seems to be working - I am saving for a newer model as we speak.
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7/3/2015 | 9:56:37 AM
Re: Wow, still don't get it
I wouldn't want to read emails on an iwatch; the screen is tiny.  Unless, I tell recipients to start sending one line emails.  You can already set up the iwatch to receive your emails. I think for reading text messages is fine.  I agree with everyone that Apple is running out of ideas, after all these years of innovation, it is finally slowing down. But in tech if you slow down, others will catch up with you.
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6/29/2015 | 5:52:58 PM
No Gee Whiz Factor Here
Not being a die-hard Dick Tracy fan, I don't see the appeal of going blind trying to read email on yet another vastly overpriced I-product when I can just as easily and lot more comfortably view it on a phone and/or tablet and/or laptop. 
Joe Stanganelli
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6/29/2015 | 11:14:07 PM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
IMHO, Dick Tracy's watch was WAY cooler.  There were no little buttons or apps or connections to your phone or your FitBit.  It was instant, latency-free, two-way videoconferencing on your wrist.  That's it.
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6/30/2015 | 10:28:20 AM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
@Joe – I haven't seen devices where you could video conference on your wrist. Well unless you tie your smart phone to your wrist. 
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7/2/2015 | 3:36:12 AM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
Speaking of Dick Tracy - Apple probably owes the creator some royalties I would think.
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6/30/2015 | 10:25:17 AM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
@asksqn- Emails were never meant to be viewed on your watch hence I agree with you. 
Joe Stanganelli
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6/30/2015 | 11:29:30 PM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
YEARS ago, my dad had a special "beeper watch" that allowed people to send text messages to his watch for him to read.  This was in the '90s.  So, to be fair, it's not like reading messages on your watch is a particularly new concept.
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7/2/2015 | 3:42:03 AM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here

@Joe  Your Dad was way ahead of the times - I did not know of this kind of technology in the 90's , but then again I was a poor college student during that time so I know I wasn't thinking about that kind of thing.

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7/4/2015 | 9:04:16 AM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
@Technocrati: The flaw in the technology -- as was the flaw with many regular beepers back then -- was that it allowed you to send anonymous messages that weren't time-stamped.

So it got into my head to have some fun with dear old dad and spend a week sending him repeated messages that said "LOW BATTERY".

(Sometimes I sent messages that said "L W BATTERY" to make it look like the display was fading.)
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7/4/2015 | 1:46:11 PM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
@Joe   Lol  !    That's great !   I bet he is glad those days are over !  : ) 
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